Israeli fighter jet shoots down Hamas drone over Gaza

"The IDF will not permit any violation of its air space, and will act with determination against any such effort," the army stated.

By
September 20, 2016 13:28
1 minute read.
F-15

AN IAF F-15 takes off from the Uvda Air Force Base in southern Israel.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

An Israel Air Force fighter jet shot down a Hamas drone over the Gazan coastline shortly after 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

The IDF Spokesperson said the drone had been under full surveillance from the moment it took off, and that it did not cross into or fly through Israeli air space.

"The IDF will not permit any violation of its air space, and will act with determination against any such effort," the army stated.

In recent years, Hamas drones have, on occasion come near, and sometimes breached Israeli airspace, leading the IDF to scramble jets or fire missiles.

In June 2015, a drone from Gaza crashed in Israeli territory near the border fence with Israel. The drone crashed on its own before the IDF had reason to engage it, landing on the Israeli side of the border.

In February this year, Crossings Authority inspectors together with the Shin Bet intelligence agency recently foiled an attempt to smuggle commercial multicopter drones into Gaza.

The drones were earmarked for use by "terrorist elements in Gaza" to gather intelligence on IDF movements, the Authority said.


During the summer 2014 conflict with Hamas, a drone that took off from Gaza breached Israeli airspace, and the IAF shot it down over Ashdod with a Patriot surface to air missile.

In April 2015, Tal Inbar, head of the Space Research Center at the Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies in Herzliya, told The Jerusalem Post that Hamas produces its own drones, including some that have rockets on their wings.

“They are using knowledge, likely from Iran, to self-manufacture,” Inbar said. Hezbollah, by contrast, relies on weapons smuggling from Iran exclusively for its drone fleet.




Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

June 25, 2019
Israel stops fuel transfer to Gaza following 13 fires on border

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF

Cookie Settings