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Yesterday's UAV

  • By : Brian Bush
  • April 26, 2013
  • 4:06 pm

Hi Everyone!

Let's talk about yesterday afternoons developments as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was shot down off the coast of Haifa.

This is the second time in six months that there has been an incursion into Israeli airspace.

The drone allegedly was tracked by Israel's air defense system after taking off near Sidon in Lebanon.

The Israeli Air Force dispatched both warplanes and helicopters to observe that the vehicle was indeed a drone and unmanned after which it was shot down at roughly 6ooo feet about 8 – 10 miles of the coast.

Hezbollah has denied sending the craft.

In the previous drone incursion it was determined that Iran had a role to play as that vehicle's flight path took it toward the area of Israel's nuclear facility in Dimona. This drone was carrying camera equiptment.

This time the determination of what the drone was up to will take a little longer as the Israeli Navy seeks to recover the debris (and there may not be that much of it) off the floor of the Mediterranean.

Why did Hezbollah do/allow for this to happen now?

Assuming they were behind this, they may just be letting the people of Lebanon know that they are still actively defiant towards 'the occupiers of Palestine' – effectively a publicity stunt to claim that Hezbollah is the defender of Lebanon.

If it turns out that weaponry was indeed onboard this UAV, Israel will be calculating a response.

Israel does fear the use of drones as a mechanism for a 'Kamikaze' type suicide attack on it's soil.

It may be that this drone was gathering pictures and information – or at the very least, a tool of psychological warfare.

If, after what debris can be collected, that it is determined that Iran assisted in this operation in a material way, this will be serious – because the military is asking this question;

Was it purely coincidence that this UAV flew into Israeli airspace at the same time Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu was flying in a Helicopter flying north to a Druze village near the Galilee – or has Hezbollah's or Iran's intelligence gathering capabilities improved?

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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