Netanyahu says Lebanon drone incident ‘extremely grave’

The Israeli air force on Thursday shot down an unmanned drone several miles off the coast of the northern port city of Haifa after it entered Israeli airspace from Lebanon, the military said.

“I view with great gravity this attempt to violate our border. We will continue to do what is necessary to defend the security of Israel’s citizens,” Reuters reported Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as saying in a statement.

The military said the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was detected in Lebanese skies and intercepted by a F-16 fighter jet some five nautical miles (9 km) from the Israeli port city of Haifa.

The Israeli navy was searching for the wreckage in the sea.

It is the second known instance in which the Lebanese militant group, a bitter Israeli enemy, has sent a drone into Israeli airspace. Last October, the Israeli air force shot down an unmanned aircraft in a similar incident.

Al Arabiya, United Arab Emirates

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