Hamas has been flying kites over the border from Gaza into Israeli airspace in an attempt to conduct surveillance on the cheap, Arutz Sheva reported on Thursday.
The kites, connected to GoPro cameras, have been aimed at collecting intelligence on IDF positions and Israeli communities, have been appearing more frequently, and IDF border units have taken notice.
In most cases, the kites were taken down quickly by their Hamas handlers after soldiers fired warning shots.
The kites offer the advantage of aerial reconnaissance without expensive high tech equipment like drones or manned aircraft. If allowed to operate, they will enable Hamas to “see” farther into Israel, which could aid it in aiming rockets or knowing where to construct tunnels for cross-border raids.