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The Media Line: Hizbullah Opposes Maritime Border Deal With Israel That Would Save Lebanon From Bankruptcy, Expert Says (Video)

Hizbullah Opposes Maritime Border Deal With Israel That Would Save Lebanon From Bankruptcy, Expert Says 

Israel’s military says it intercepted three drones launched by Hizbullah toward the Karish gas field, which lies in disputed territorial waters between Israel and Lebanon   

By Debbie Mohnblatt/The Media Line 

The Israel Defense Forces said on Saturday that it shut down three drones launched by Hizbullah toward Israel’s Karish offshore gas field. 

One of the unmanned aerial vehicles was downed by an F-16 Israeli fighter Jet, and the other two were intercepted by Barak 8 missiles launched from the Israel Navy’s Saar 5-class corvette INS Eilat, Israel’s military said in a statement. 

A new drilling platform arrived at the Karish site to produce gas for Israel just weeks before the incident, to start gas extraction operations in the Karish gas field, which lies in disputed territorial waters between Israel and Lebanon. Israel says that the gas field is inside its United Nations-recognized exclusive economic zone, while Lebanon claims rights to those territorial waters. 

Hizbullah said in a statement that the drones did their job. “On Saturday afternoon, three unarmed drones were launched toward the disputed Karish field for reconnaissance missions. The mission was accomplished,” according to the statement. 

“The immediate objective should be to prevent the enemy from extracting oil and gas from the Karish gas field,” Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised statement. 

Footage from the interception of the UAVs:
https://bit.ly/3nBCGK4

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