Monday, November 4, 2013

(En - 04 Nov 2013 - News) Drone crashes in Gaza, Hamas claims responsibility

An Israel drone aircraft crashed in the northern Gaza Strip Sunday.

Hamas’s military wing claimed it shot down the unmanned aerial vehicle. The al-Qassam Brigades wrote on Twitter that it had downed the drone with what it called a “mini-drone.”
The Israel Defense Forces denied the report, saying its drone crashed from a technical malfunction. ”In contradiction to the Palestinian reports, there was a Skylark tactical mini UAV system that crashed in the northern Gaza Strip due to a technical malfunction,” an IDF spokesperson said.
"a UAV 'Skylark' crashed a short time ago due to technical issues.It was not shot down."
A photo published on the Facebook page of the Palestinian Quds news agency claimed to show the crashed drone.
The Skylark, operated by the field troops from the Artillery Corps, is a 7.5 kilogram drone that is launched by infantry and can send live video footage back to operators in the field. It is is used primarily for surveillance and intelligence-gathering.
In 2012, a Skylark crashed near Nablus in the West Bank and was recovered by IDF troops.
Reportedly, Hamas was to hold a press conference later in the day at which it would show off the drone.
In 2007, a similar drone crashed in northern Gaza from a technical malfunction and Hamas also claimed responsibility, showing off pictures at a press conference.

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