Israeli Spy Drone Downed Over Lebanon by Hezbollah

Hezbollah said the drone it shot down is the Israeli Army's Hermes 900
  • Defensemirror.com bureau
  • 05:59 AM, April 9, 2024
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Israeli Spy Drone Downed Over Lebanon by Hezbollah
Hermes 900 shot over Lebanese territory @Iranian media

An Israeli Hermes 900 reconnaissance drone, allegedly violating Lebanese airspace, was brought down by the Hezbollah resistance movement.

The movement released a video of the drone being shot down.

"The drone, belonging to the Israeli army, was shot down by Islamic resistance fighters over Lebanese territory on the evening of Saturday, April 6, 2024. It is of type Hermes 900," Hezbollah said in a statement.

The Israeli army's Arabic spokesperson, Avichay Adraee, stated that the drone had crashed in Lebanese territory after being hit by a surface-to-air missile, as reported by Iranian government-controlled Press TV.

The Hermes 900 is primarily deployed for intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) purposes. It has a wingspan of 15 meters, weighs 970 kilograms, and reaches a maximum altitude of 30,000 feet. Known by its Hebrew name "Kochav," the aircraft is the second-largest reconnaissance drone in the Israeli Air Force and is priced at $6 million.

Hezbollah has been retaliating against Israel following the Gaza conflict and conducting daily operations in solidarity with those affected by the conflict in Gaza.

Meanwhile, on April 8, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced that they had eliminated Ali Ahmed Hassin, the commander of Hezbollah's Radwan Forces in the Hajir region.

Hassin was allegedly responsible for planning and carrying out terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians in northern Israel. He held a senior operative rank equivalent to that of a brigade commander within the organization. The strike that resulted in his elimination was carried out by Israeli fighter jets in southern Lebanon.

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