Israeli jet intercepts Hamas drone off Gaza coast

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UAV was under surveillance by Israeli Air Force from moment it took off from Gaza, IDF says

A Hamas drone that took off from the Gaza Strip Tuesday was intercepted by an Israeli Air Force aircraft just off the coast of the Palestinian enclave, the Israeli military said.

The UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), also known as a drone, was under surveillance by the Israeli Air Force from the moment it took off from Gaza, the IDF said.

The Israeli army released footage of the shoot-down. 


The Israeli military also said that the decision to shoot the drone down was reached after it was seen approaching Israeli airspace.

At around 10 a.m. local time, an F-16 fighter plane was dispatched to intercept the drone and completed the mission by firing a missile at it, the army said.

"The IDF will not allow any violation of [Israeli] airspace and will act decisively against any such attempt," the military statement said.

IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner warned that "Hamas has been developing its drone capabilities, especially in the last two years. Today's event proves once more that Hamas continues to invest in tools of terror and not in the needs of the people in Gaza." 

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ludwigvb

"The problem is Mickey, they keep firing rockets (unguided) into Israeli airspace and you dont say a word..WHY? answer please mickey. " You know that I consider the firing of rockets that have the potential to harm civilians as wrong, whether from Israel into Gaza or from Gaza into Israel. If Gaza fires a drone into Israel it is no more a crime than an Gazan drone being sent into Israel obviously.

Do you consider the U.K. bombings in Syria a crime too, Michael? What about the bombs that the British dropped in Iraq, Falklands, Libya, Germany...?

The Oslo Agreements designate Israel to police the airspace over and coastline around Gaza. Gaza is not a country so has no official airspace. Hamas is a globally recognised terrorist organisation so Israel can legitimately neutralise any of their threats.

richardthe lionheart

I wonder if the HAMAS drone was carrying any kind of explosives attached to it. Rockets, bombs, etc.. Mickey Muslim? So what was the Drone doing Mickey taking kids on a day trip to to bat yam beach? So does the IDF have to wait till the HAMAS drone takes the pictures on Israeli territory, and transmits them back to base Mickey.Or maybe drop a payload onto a kindergarden ? Your comments and opinions mickey, are insane! Did the british let the Luftwaffe just fly into the UK, or try and shoot them down before they entered uk airspace..you really are scraping the bottom of the barrel mickey! Yes Mickey Israeli drones enter GAZAN airspace, and why not, Hamas has declared war on Israel..If they want to shoot down IDF drones they are quite welcome to try ha-ha-ha-ha. The problem is Mickey, they keep firing rockets (unguided) into Israeli airspace and you dont say a word..WHY? answer please mickey. But Israel shoots down a drone and you start whimpering, moaning, complaining, and sobbing, "FOUL PLAY" thats not fair etc etc..get a life Mickey, live with it.Israel and the jews will always be top gun over the muslims of Gaza and israel.

ludwigvb

"The IDF will not allow any violation of [Israeli] airspace and will act decisively against any such attempt," ... and so violates Gazan airspace to punish the violation. So Israel will see that as two wrongs making a right then. On reflection ... do Israeli drones frequent Gazan airspace?

richardthe lionheart

Hopefully blasted out of the sky. If tracked from the moment it took off should bombed the hell out off ot's departure point also.

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