BEIRUT, Jul 3 (NNN-NNA) – Hezbollah announced that, it launched yesterday, three unarmed drones, on a reconnaissance mission, towards the Karish gas field, in Eastern Mediterranean.
Earlier in the day, the Israeli military said, it shot down three Hezbollah drones flying towards the Karish gas field.
Israel has long claimed the Karish gas field in the Mediterranean Sea as its own property, but Lebanon expanded its claim in territorial waters, which would include at least part of the gas field.
Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Hezbollah, an Iran-backed powerful Shiite political party and militant organisation, has threatened to use “military and logistical capacity” to prevent Israel from extracting gas from the Karish field.
The maritime border dispute between Lebanon and Israel has been growing, since the Israeli regime sent a vessel operated by Energean, a London-based oil and gas production company, to the Karish field on Jun 5.
Lebanon is seeking to revive indirect negotiations with Israel, to determine their maritime border, that began in 2020, but have mostly halted since Lebanon expanded its claim to include at least part of the Karish field, in Apr, 2021.– NNN-NNA