A drone launched in the Gaza Strip, believed to belong to Hamas, crashed in Israeli territory near the border fence on Thursday.
The IDF said that it had identified the unmanned vehicle in Gaza airspace and sent forces to the area to interdict it before it could enter Israeli airspace.
However, the drone crashed on its own before the IDF needed to shoot it down, and landed on the Israeli side of the border.
Soldiers from the IDF’s Engineering Corps retrieved the drone for inspection.
A military source described the craft as small in size, and said that it had been detected by the IDF from the moment it became airborne. IAF aircraft had taken off to engage the drone, the source said.
The mission of the drone was not known.
This was the second such incident.
In July 2014, during Operation Protective Edge, a drone from Gaza was intercepted over Ashdod by a Patriot missile battery.