BAALBECK, Lebanon, July 15 (UPI) -- A Hezbollah official Sunday denied a drone that crashed in northeastern Lebanon belonged to the guerrilla group.
The Hebrew language daily Maariv reported the drone that caused a fire near the town of Younin in Baalbeck Saturday was being tested by Hezbollah.
The (Beirut) Daily Star said Hezbollah officials cordoned off the crash site and prevented access to the area. A Hezbollah crew later transported the wreckage to an unknown destination, the newspaper said.
However, an unidentified Hezbollah official was quoted in a Hezbollah-affiliated newspaper Sunday, denying the drone was being flown by his group.
Witnesses to the crash told Maariv they saw a "ball of fire crash to the Earth," which caused a huge crater that was later filled in. The drone was on a test run, the Israeli daily said.
Maariv said the crash supports earlier reports that Iran was supplying Hezbollah with unmanned aircraft.