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And new information now on an unmanned drone shot out of Israeli airspace over the weekend right now Hezbollah is quickly becoming the leading suspect.
The group known for its arsenal of Iranian weapons and for targeting Israel with similar aircraft in the past Leland -- has more live from our Jerusalem bureau now.
-- Right now we can confirm that the Israeli Air Force has put a US made.
Patriot missile battery in northern Israel to defend.
Against any future drone strikes -- -- launches right now the Israelis are very worried about this is is significant step forward.
For which ever -- any of the Jewish state now has long range.
Over the -- rise in reconnaissance drones those dramatic video coming out of this is the Israeli Air Force.
Scrambled F sixteen F fifteen fighter jets shooting down the drone -- air to air missile that was on Saturday happened over southern Israel.
Deep into Israeli air space we know the drone was a reconnaissance -- we don't think it had a warhead or any type of explosives.
On -- let me set the scene for you here with the map we know the drone flew win over the western Mediterranean across the Gaza Strip and then into southern Israel you can see.
Where it was intercepted -- blown up by the explosion just south.
-- have -- you also see there the patriot missile battery.
Now in Haifa which sits just on the southern Lebanon border so if Hezbollah were to launch a another drone either over the land border or out to see.
That patriot missile battery would be able to intercepted so far from -- -- no confirmation.
But Iranian television -- Pardon me Lebanese television.
Backed by Hezbollah has now said that has -- is indeed.
Behind this latest -- of course the Iranian backed group has blog it's a lot of they're more sophisticated weaponry.
From Iran and lately Iran has been showing off their unmanned aerial vehicles including -- -- like bomber they showed off.
About a year ago in the past 48 hours we've got a lot of news from the Iranians no confirmation they were behind these drone.
But they had said the fact that the drone got so far India Israel shows quote the weakness.
Of Israel's air defense systems the Israelis have not been saying much however they've been doing a lot we have the patriot missile battery.
Now up deployed near Haifa and also John we have heard reports from southern Lebanon that Israeli fighter jets have -- Hezbollah strongholds there in southern Lebanon however so far no retaliatory strikes me no bombing runs or strafing runs by those Israeli fighter jets.
But clearly a show of force.
By the Israelis John -- come in all sizes any indication of how big this thing was.
The only thing we have heard is that it was a significant military -- drone one of the problems though you can saw the video.
-- you see that dot there it's hard to get a perspective from our angle of how big it is the other thing that happened was when -- missile hit it blew the -- not -- the Israeli military spent a long time trying to collect parts from the desert.
Of the drone that'd been blown up midair and is now has those -- a lap putting him back together.
As you might imagine of the Israeli military's not exactly excited right now at least about -- depressing to see what they have on this drone.
Sure that's the case Leland -- reporting live from Jerusalem Leland thank you.
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