Photo Credit: IDF Arabic Spokesperson Avichay Adraee / Twitter
Hezbollah quadcopter drone shot down by IDF in Israeli territory on Jan. 5, 2022

A quadcopter drone sent by Hezbollah over the Lebanese border into Israel shot down last week by Israeli military forces turns out to have had a surprise gift for the Israel Defense Forces: pictures.

The drone, shot down by the IDF last Wednesday (Jan. 5), was installed with a memory card that held photos of operatives and vehicles belonging to the Iranian proxy terror group.

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The operatives were members of the elite Hezbollah “Radwan” unit, according to Hebrew-language military correspondent Itay Blumental, who works for Israel’s Channel 11 KAN News public broadcaster.

IDF Arabic Spokesperson Lt. Col. Avichay Adre’i said in a statement that two Hezbollah operatives who trained in flying drones from Lebanon to gather intelligence on the deployment of forces in Israel were seen in the photos.

“The UAV was shot down near the border by an IDF force, and the raw material inside [the drone] has already provided intelligence about the training on the other side [of the border],” Adraee said.

In response to the report, Hezbollah said in a brief statement the two operatives see on the memory card “were only playing soccer on a playstation,” Channel 11 Arab Affairs correspondent Roi Kais reported.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.