JERUSALEM An Israeli fighter jet on Thursday shot down a drone belonging to the Islamist team Hamas that experienced taken off from the Gaza Strip, the military services explained.
The interception prevented “an immediate risk of infiltration” into Israeli airspace and the drone fell into the Mediterranean sea, the military’s statement explained.
No Hamas comment was right away readily available.
In December, Hamas, which controls Gaza, blamed Israel for killing one of its drone experts in Tunisia. Israel experienced no formal comment.
Israel has in the past voiced worry that armed teams in Gaza and Lebanon would use drones carrying explosives inside of its borders in a foreseeable future war. Hamas and other Islamist militias have fired 1000’s of rockets at militarily superior Israel in earlier conflicts but have made scant use of drones.
The final Israeli interception of a drone that took off from Gaza was in September. For the duration of the 2014 Gaza war, a U.S.-provided Israeli Patriot missile destroyed an unmanned Hamas plane more than the southern Israeli port city of Ashdod.
Israel is itself a earth chief in drone technologies and has utilized the motor vehicles extensively in battle.
(Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch Editing by Jeffrey Heller, Larry King)