The Israel Defense Forces used an Iron Dome air-defense system to shoot down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) it said belonged to the Hamas terror organization on Tuesday.

The UAV had approached “the Gaza maritime zone and was intercepted,” the IDF said in a statement.

“The Israeli Air Force monitored the UAV throughout the entire incident,” it said. “The IDF will continue to protect Israel’s airspace and its civilians.”

Israel’s Channel 12 news cited a resident at a local kibbutz reporting hearing a “frightening explosion” after seeing the trail of the interceptor missile.

Hamas launched six drones from the Gaza Strip during the 11-day conflict with Israel in May; the IDF intercepted all of them.

Iron Dome intercepted some 90 percent of projectiles—nearly  4,400 in total—headed for residential areas in Israel fired by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad based in Gaza during “Operation Guardian of the Walls” in May.


Jewish News Syndicate

With geographic, political and social divides growing wider, high-quality reporting and informed analysis are more important than ever to keep people connected.

Our ability to cover the most important issues in Israel and throughout the Jewish world—without the standard media bias—depends on the support of committed readers.

If you appreciate the value of our news service and recognize how JNS stands out among the competition, please click on the link and make a one-time or monthly contribution.

We appreciate your support.