The Lebanese television network Al-Mayadeen has alleged that an Israeli Defence Force (IDF) unmanned aerial vehicle had tracked and destroyed an IDF spying device in Lebanon.
It was reportedly obliterated between the villages of Nmairiyeh and Zefta in Lebanon’s southern area, where the country’s security forces are working to locate remains of the device. The IDF has not yet commented on Al-Mayadeen’s claims.
The reported incident comes after the IDF troops dispersed a crowd of about 15 Lebanese nationals along the northern border after they'd scaled the border fence and tried to damage it, according to IDF officials.
The riot took place following the IDF’s move to install security cameras along the internationally recognised Blue Line dividing Israel and Lebanon.
The Blue Line was installed after the Israeli army launched Operation Northern Shield in November 2018 in order to expose and neutralise cross-border attack tunnels that the militant group Hezbollah dug from Lebanon into Israel, exacerbating tensions between the neighbouring countries.
The existence of the tunnels was confirmed by the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
On 13 January, the IDF announced the completion of Operation Northern Shield after locating and destroying a sixth attack tunnel dug by Hezbollah.