Decision to deploy IAF drones was made when Hezbollah warned Israel that it would do “whatever it takes” to protect Lebanon’s maritime sovereignty.
The Israel Air Force has begun using unmanned aerial vehicles to conduct surveillance and reconnaissance missions over Israeli gas fields in the Mediterranean Sea out of fear that they will be targeted by Hezbollah.In early July, the cabinet approved the demarcation of Israel’s northern maritime border with Lebanon, which sets the economic rights in offshore territories that have become lucrative with the recent discoveries of vast natural-gas resources.
The government’s decision to delineate the line was made to combat Lebanese claimsto offshore territories that Israel claims as its own.The decision to deploy IAF drones was made after Hezbollah warned Israel that it would protect Lebanon’s maritime sovereignty. Lebanon “will remain vigilant in order to regain its full rights, whatever it takes,” Hezbollah deputy chief Naim Qassem was quoted as saying.
Source The Jerusalem Post