IDF Shoots Down Hamas Drone From Gaza Strip

YERUSHALAYIM (Reuters) -
A flying drone camera used by Hamas in Gaza City during a rally in 2014. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90, File)

An Israeli fighter jet on Thursday shot down a drone belonging to the Hamas terror group that had taken off from the Gaza Strip, the military said.

The interception prevented “an immediate threat of infiltration” into Israeli airspace and the drone fell into the Mediterranean Sea, the IDF statement said.

No Hamas comment was immediately available.

Israel has in the past voiced concern that armed groups in Gaza and Lebanon would use drones carrying explosives inside its borders in a future war. Hamas and other Islamist terror group have fired thousands of rockets at militarily superior Israel in previous conflicts but have made scant use of drones.

The last Israeli interception of a drone that took off from Gaza was in September.

Israel is itself a world leader in drone technologies and has used the vehicles extensively in combat.