Outgoing air force chief says Israel no longer has freedom of action over Lebanon

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Outgoing air force chief says Israel no longer has freedom of action over Lebanon
Amikam Norkin says Hezbollah nearly shot down an Israeli drone with an anti-aircraft missile last year, alerting officials to the terror group’s new capabilities
By TOI staff

Outgoing air force chief Amikam Norkin said Israel no longer has unfettered air superiority and freedom of action in Lebanon’s skies in an interview broadcast on Tuesday. After a drone was nearly shot down by an anti-aircraft missile over Lebanon about a year ago, Israel realized that Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror group had some capabilities it was not previously aware of, Norkin said. Israeli officials realized aircraft were threatened by Hezbollah missiles over Lebanon, and decided to reduce the number of surveillance flights over its northern neighbor, harming Israel’s intelligence gathering capabilities, Norkin told the Kan public broadcaster.

The Iran-backed Hezbollah is believed to be holding onto some weapons, like the anti-aircraft missiles, in case of war with Israel to surprise Israeli forces, the report said. The report seemed to confirm a boast by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in February that Israeli drone flights over Lebanon have been “greatly reduced” due to Hezbollah’s improved air defenses.

more............. https://www.timesofisrael.com/outgo...l-no-longer-has-freedom-of-action-of-lebanon/
 
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