IAF shoots down Hamas drone over Gaza

The Hamas terror organization continues to search for ways to attack Israel, this time launching a drone.

An Israeli Air Force (IAF) F-16 fighter plane shot down a Hamas-flown Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) over the Gaza Strip on Tuesday.

The drone was under surveillance from the moment it took off and did not enter Israeli airspace at any time, the IDF stressed in a statement.

“The IDF will not tolerate any breach of [Israel’s] airspace and will act with determination against any attempt to do so,” the IDF stated.

The terror organization, which rules the Gaza Strip, has attempted to penetrate Israeli airspace in the past with drones.

In June 2015, a Hamas drone crashed inside Israel.

In July 2014, a UAV flying from Gaza was shot down over Ashdod by a Patriot missile battery during Operation Protective Edge.

In February this year, security inspectors and Israeli security forces prevented an attempt to smuggle several drones into Gaza, which are suspected to have been intended for Hamas’ use.

A close examination of cargo marked as toys revealed that several drones, of different models and sizes and equipped with hi-tech cameras, were hidden under the toys.

Hamas has been working for over a decade to develop aircraft that can be used for surveillance or attack missions.

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By: Aryeh Savir, World Israel News