Hizbullah is operating a fleet of 200 unmanned aerial vehicles on the border with Syria, American online newspaper World Tribune reported.
“Sources in the country said Hizbullah was operating UAVs throughout Lebanon,” the online news portal added
The sources said the unmanned aircraft operations intensified in 2013 amid the war in neighboring Syria and attempts by rebels to infiltrate Lebanon.
They noted most of the Hizbullah UAVs were produced and supplied by Iran.
“The UAVs have been flying mostly in the Bekaa Valley along the Syrian border,” a source said.
On Nov. 25, al-Joumhouria newspaper reported that Hizbullah was operating UAVs to monitor the Syrian border.
The daily said the party spotted and tracked a car that contained more than 400 kilograms of explosives.
“The vehicle was tracked upon entrance to Arsal on the border with Syria and until it arrived in the area between Younin and Maqneh,” the newspaper, quoting security sources, said.
“(Hizbullah) is performing tracking and surveillance on the border through the use of UAVs at night.”
The same sources said Hizbullah was believed to have assembled some of the platforms, also meant to strike enemy targets.
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