Lebanon’s president has accused Israel of behaviour “similar to a declaration of war” after drones crashed in Beirut and an airstrike near the border.
The two drones crashed separately in a Hezbollah stronghold in southern Beirut, with Lebanon saying the group had not fired on the drones.
Hezbollah is a political party and militant group banned by the UK as a terrorist organisation.
The first drone fell and the second exploded near the ground, close to Hezbollah’s media centre in the Dahiyeh suburbs, according to a Hezbollah official.
Blaming Israel, Lebanese president Michel Aoun said: “What happened was similar to a declaration of war which allows us to resort to our right to defending our sovereignty.”
Prime Minister Saab Hariri accused Israel of “aggression” and that it “constitutes a threat to regional stability and an attempt to push the situation towards further tension.”
It is the first incident of its kind in the region in more than a decade and Hezbollah have since threatened to retaliate.
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Israel have not said they are behind an attack in Beirut.
Mr Aoun met with the country’s United Nations Special Coordinator, according to the president’s office.
Meanwhile, Mr Hariri met with the country’s interior and defence ministers and with the army chief to discuss security issues.
Hours after the two drones came down in a built-up area of the capital, Israeli drone strikes hit a military position belonging to a Palestinian faction in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley, near the Syrian border, early on Monday.
A Lebanese source told Reuters there were no injuries in the strike against the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, while an Israeli military spokeswoman told the news agency: “We do not comment on foreign reports”.
The incident in Beirut came hours after Israel claimed a fatal airstrike near Damascus against Iranian forces that Israel said were planning to launch “killer drones”.
SOURCE : https://news.sky.com/story/like-a-declaration-of-war-lebanon-accuses-israel-after-drone-crashes-11794821