Report: Drone transmitted photos of Israeli weapons sites, preparations

(JTA) — A drone shot down by Israel reportedly transmitted photos of preparations for a military drill between Israel and the United States, and of key weapons sites in Israel. 

Israeli troops shot down the unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, on Oct. 6 over the Negev Desert after it entered Israeli airspace near the Mediterranean Sea. The drone was launched from Lebanon in a cooperation between the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and the Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah, the Sunday Times of London reported, citing unnamed sources.

Hassan Nasrallah in a televised speech Oct. 11 admitted to sending the drone, which was followed before being intercepted and shot down in an unpopulated area.

The admission came several hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement saying that Hezbollah was responsible for launching the drone.

Nasrallah said the drone was Iranian made and "flew over sensitive installations" in Israel, according to Reuters. 

The Times reported that the drone was the new Shahed-129 introduced in Iran in September, which Tehran says has a range of up to 1,200 miles, can stay aloft for 24 hours and has firepower. 

 

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