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Hezbollah flew a spy drone over northern Israel on Monday in retaliation for Israeli overflights in Lebanon, the Lebanese militant group said.

It was the second time in recent months that the Shiite Muslim guerrilla group has sent a drone over Israel. The Israeli military confirmed that Hezbollah sent a spy plane, saying it crossed into Israel in the Western Galilee. Two Israeli military aircraft flew over southern Lebanon shortly after the drone's flight, Lebanese officials said.

By sending a drone at this particular time, Hezbollah could be seeking to boost its standing at home in Lebanon as its Syrian allies leave the country and it tries to chart a bigger political role for itself. Flying an unmanned spy craft -- a capability the Lebanese army does not have -- strengthens Hezbollah's image amid calls by some for the group to disarm.