IDF Drone Crashes in Gaza

YERUSHALAYIM -

An unmanned aerial vehicle of the IDF crashed in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday morning.

Military officials attributed the incident either to human error or a malfunction of the small drone’s motor, and were investigating.

The Skylark was performing a routine reconnaissance mission when it fell to the ground east of Gaza City in the area of Saja’iyya. No sensitive information was compromised, the army said.

While it is considered an effective device, Skylark has been involved in several crashes since it was first delivered to the army in 2010.

In January, a Skylark crashed in southern Lebanon, where Hezbollah said it found fragments of the craft. And a week later, the IDF temporarily lost contact with a Skylark over the Balata refugee camp in Shechem, though it was subsequently retrieved during an overnight search near a Shomron Regional Brigade post.