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Conflict Incident Report

Drone spying on LAF checkpoints falls in Saida

Date of incident: 
March 7, 2016
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF)

On 07 Mar 16, a small remote controlled aircraft fell near one of the Lebanese Armed Forces checkpoints that extend in several areas around the refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh, in Saida triggering concerns that the military is being monitored from the skies. “A prominent Islamic activist who belongs to an extremist group was behind launching the drone which is believed to have been developed and modified to fly farther, while controlled from the ground via a remote control. It has varied uses in capturing images from all sides,” unnamed sources told the daily.

Primary category: 
Air Space Violation
Classification of conflict (primary): 
Power & governance conflicts
Violent or non-violent conflicts associated with antagonisms related to internal political tensions between local and/or national groups and parties. These tensions may be encouraged by internal, regional and international parties. Such conflicts are characterized by their defiance and/or opposition to central State power and governance.