Israeli drones bombed a Palestinian base in eastern Lebanon near the border with Syria on Monday. The Lebanese state news agency and a Palestinian official announced that the strike took place one day later.
An alleged Israeli drone crashed in a stronghold of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah in southern Beirut, while another exploded and crashed nearby.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun told the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Jan Kubis, that the attacks violate a UN Security Council resolution that ended the war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006.
"What happened is synonymous with a declaration of war and gives us the right to defend our sovereignty, independence and the security of our country," Aoun said in comments from his office Monday. "We are people who seek peace, not war, and we do not accept anyone threatening us by any means."
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The report of the State News Agency states that on Sunday there were three strikes after midnight at the interval of minutes, having a base for a group supported by Syria known as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine ̵
Abu Wael Issam, an official of the Palestinian group in Lebanon, told The Associated Press that the strike was carried out by Israeli drones and claimed no casualties. He accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of using such attacks to bolster his standing in the run-up to next month's Israeli parliamentary elections. A statement later issued by the group states that "Zionist aggression" will not stop the group and its allies.
There was no immediate Israeli opinion on the strike the Lebanese news agency had committed near the village of Qusaya in Turkey's eastern Bekaa Valley. Israeli air strikes against Palestinian factions in Lebanon like these have been rare in recent years.
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Hassezahan Hass Nasrallah said on Sunday that his group will now send all Israeli drones into Lebanese airspace penetrate, confront and shoot down, increasing the potential for conflict amid tighter regional tensions.
Nasrallah also vowed to avenge an Israeli air strike in Syria Late Saturday, which he said had killed two Hezbollah members.
He said it would lead to a situation similar to that in Iraq if Israel continues to fly drones over Lebanon. Supported Shiite militias have left the country on the outskirts. US officials say at least one of the air strikes on the militia in Iraq was carried out by Israel.
During Saturday's strikes near the Syrian capital Damascus, Israel publicly stated that it would thwart an impending Iranian Revolutionary Guards drone attack on Israel.
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The Lebanese news agency also reported that Israeli drones flew over parts of southern Lebanon on Monday.
Hezbollah and Israel led a month-long war in 2006. The volatile border between the two countries, which is technically at war, has been largely calm since that conflict.