Bungling terrorists scored a “drone goal” after accidentally filming themselves with their own unmanned plane whilst spying on Israel.
When the drone was downed by the Israeli Defence Force, troops found pictures of the “elite” Hezbollah unit that had launched it.
The terror cell from Lebanon was soon identified from the drone camera’s memory card – as well as the licence plate of their car.
It was one of many Hezbollah drones – controlled by an Iran-backed special forces cell – which are being sent into Israel on spying missions to plan attacks -or drop small bombs.
Israel’s military has been on alert for Hezbollah attacks from southern Lebanon for years.
This drone was launched from southern Lebanon, where Hezbollah has strongholds and is believed to have underground rocket and missile dumps.
It is feared Iran-funded Hezbollah has 200,000 rockets and missiles ready to fire into Israel, with the ability to launch as many as over 4,000 a day if all out war breaks out.
Every week Hezbollah sends drones across its border with Israel on surveillance missions – but it also has the capability of sending a “swarm” of the tiny unmanned planes – and arming them with grenades.
The recent drone downing was revealed after Israel’s military gave the Daily Mirror a rare insight into its war against the Hezbollah drone army.
Two of the Iranian-backed Shia network were filmed by their own drone as they launched it into Israel before the flight mission.
Israeli sources say they have identified the drone operators – part of a shadowy group called the Radwan Unit, named after their previous leader.
The group was trained by Iranian forces, both in Lebanon and Syria, as they try to step up attacks against Israel.
They have also fought alongside President Assad’s Syrian Army and Russian Special Forces in the war-zone, a neighbour of Israel.
An Israeli security source said: “They have operated in the last few years in Syria, helping in the Civil War to the Assad regime, fighting shoulder to shoulder with the Syrians and also the Russians and learning a lot from them.
“And they are now in charge of the Hezbollah plan to infiltrate into Israel and carry out as many attacks as possible on the Israeli civilians.”
The Radwan Unit was in charge of a tunnel system designed to flood Israel with fighters, which was destroyed in 2018.
The source added: “They were the ones who were supposed to go through the tunnels and execute as many civilians as possible.
“Many terrorist attackers, killing as many civilians and that is part of the plan.
“It is part of the greater idea of Iran, exporting the revolution and keeping it going.
“This specific drone was downed and we got the information that was on the card within the drone and these pictures.
“They have the intent of infiltrating and finding the best routes and ways to really be able to cross into Israel and carry out these terrorist attacks.”
Now the Israeli Defence Force has identified the Hezbollah operatives. The source added: “We have their faces and can see them properly and they are the cars that they’re in with their licence plate and we know who they are.”
It is believed Hezbollah has also planned “swarm” attacks of drones capable of dropping grenades onto civilian targets.
Hezbollah has been at war against Israel since it launched in 1985 and was designated as a terrorist organisation by the UK in 2019.
As well as its many fighting units Hezbollah also has a significant role in the government of Lebanon.
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