BEIRUT: An Israeli drone exploded over Beirut’s southern suburbs, and another went down, overnight Sunday, severely damaging Hezbollah’s media offices in the southern suburbs of Beirut, the Lebanese Army said Sunday.
The incident took place around 2:30 in the morning in the Moawwad neighborhood. An Army force was sent to the area immediately and closed off where the drones had fallen. Army Intelligence arrived to the area Sunday morning to begin investigations.
Mohammad Afif, a media official from the party, told local media that the first drone fell down without causing any damage, while the other was carrying explosives and damaged the party’s media offices. He also said the party did not target any of the drones.
Following the incident, throughout the morning, Israeli reconnaissance hovered over south Lebanon and the capital’s southern suburbs – a Hezbollah stronghold.
A live TV broadcast from the office showed shattered glass on stairs and in multiple offices on the building’s first floor. Other floors in the building also had broken windows.
Three people inside Hezbollah’s office were slightly injured, the state-run National News Agency reported.
Residents of Moawwad said an explosion had shaken the area, and that they heard what sounded like noises from an aircraft before the blast.
The Associated Press reported that Israel had launched an attack on targets in Syria. Israel regularly launches attack on Syria from Lebanese airspace, which it violates almost daily.
The Israeli military told AP that it does not comment on "foreign reports."
Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah is expected to comment on the issue in a speech scheduled for late afternoon. – With agencies