JERUSALEM - An Israeli drone has crashed in southern Lebanon due to a technical malfunction, the military said on Saturday, after Hezbollah media labelled it a "spy" device.

The Israeli military said that the drone crash in an open area on Friday night posed "no risk of leaked information." It provided no further details.

Hezbollah television station Al-Manar reported that the "spy drone" fell between Baraachit and Beit Yahoun in southern Lebanon. It said that "a second spy plane targeted it with a guided missile, which resulted in it being destroyed."

Israel and Shia militant group Hezbollah, based in neighbouring Lebanon, fought a devastating war in 2006 and the two remain bitter enemies.

Israeli security forces had used a drone to fire tear gas toward those along the border, in one of the first uses of the device, a police spokesman said.