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JERUSALEM, May 25 (Xinhua) -- The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced on Thursday that it had shot down a drone that crossed into Israeli territory from Lebanon.

The drone was identified and monitored until it was shot down, according to an IDF statement. The military did not say who operated the drone or whether it was armed, adding that there were no injuries or damage in the incident.

The downing of the drone came hours after an incident on the adjacent border with Syria when gunfire from Syria was aimed at an Israeli military drone that was "conducting routine surveillance activity."

"The IDF will continue to prevent any attempt to violate Israeli sovereignty," the statement read.

In recent months, there have been increased tensions between Israel and the Hezbollah militant organization.

Earlier this week, the IDF warned Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah that he is close to making "a mistake that could plunge the region into war" after Hezbollah staged a military show in Lebanon.

Israel and Hezbollah fought a month-long war in 2006. Since then, there have been sporadic violent exchanges between the two sides.

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