An Israeli drone strike hit a car near Lebanon’s southern port city of Sidon on Saturday, killing several people and wounding two others, security officials said.
The drone strike near the coastal town of Jadra took place about 60 kilometers from the Israeli border, making it one of the farthest inside Lebanon since violence erupted along the Lebanon-Israel border on Oct. 8, a day after Hamas' attack in southern Israel.
The strike targeted a Palestinian figure close to Hamas but he survived, four security sources said, according to Reuters.
Three other people were killed, including one Hezbollah member, the security sources also told Reuters.
One source said the person targeted was close to Saleh al-Arouri, the Hamas deputy chief killed last month in an Israeli strike on a suburb of Beirut.
There was no immediate comment from Israel, but the Times of Israel daily reported that the strike targeted Basel Salah, describing him as a recruiter for Hamas in Gaza and the West Bank.
Drone strikes in Lebanon blamed on Israel have so far killed several officials from Hezbollah as well as the Palestinian militant group Hamas. The previous farthest strike was the Jan. 2 attack that killed Arouri in Beirut.
Earlier, Hezbollah said on Saturday it had seized an Israeli Skylark drone over Lebanese airspace "in good condition.”
The Skylark is a small, unmanned aerial vehicle typically used for surveillance and produced by Israel-based weapons manufacturer Elbit Systems.