A blast has been reported near the town of Saghbein in a remote area of Lebanon’s western Bekaa, sources told agencies. Hezbollah-run Al Manar TV said, an Israeli drone was downed in the area and the airstrike was Israel’s attempt to destroy it. A Lebanese security source told Reuters that the cause of the blast “is still not 100 percent clear but most probably it was an Israeli airstrike to destroy their drone. Al-Jazeera also reported an Israeli jet shelling a position outside Saghbein. Another source told Reuters an Israeli drone may have been downed.
The sources did not elaborate; one added a “proper investigation” had been launched. It’s unclear if there are any casualties. No comment has so far been issued by Israeli authorities. Israel is believed to have delivered several air strikes in neighboring Syria since the start of the civil conflict there. Those mostly targeted weaponry that Israeli sources said were destined for Lebanon’s Shiite militia Hezbollah. Hezbollah and Israel fought a 34-day war in 2006 in which hundreds of people were killed.