An Israeli military naval ship and an Israeli air force helicopter operate off the coast of Haifa , northern Israel, Thursday, April 25, 2013. Israel shot down a drone Thursday as it approached the country's northern coast, the military said. Suspicion immediately fell on the Hezbollah militant group in Lebanon. The incident was likely to raise already heightened tensions between Israel and Hezbollah, a bitter enemy that battled Israel to a stalemate during a monthlong war in 2006. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
BEIRUT (AP) — The militant Lebanese Hezbollah group has denied sending a drone that was shot down by Israel.
The group's Al Manar TV made the announcement Thursday through a one line statement flashed as an urgent news bar on its screen.
An Israeli warplane shot down a drone approaching the country coast from Lebanon, smashing its wreckage into the sea off the northern city of Haifa Thursday.
Suspicion immediately fell on Hezbollah, which sent a similar drone in October and vowed to send more.