Palestinians fired anti-aircraft missile at IDF helicopter, Israel says
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Palestinians fired anti-aircraft missile at IDF helicopter, Israel says

Shoulder-fired missile, likely from Libya, missed target in unprecedented attack last week

An Israeli helicopter flies above armored vehicles during an army exercise at the Shizafon Army Base in southern Israel. (photo credit: Tara Todras-Whitehill/AP)
An Israeli helicopter flies above armored vehicles during an army exercise at the Shizafon Army Base in southern Israel. (photo credit: Tara Todras-Whitehill/AP)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli defense officials say that Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip have for the first time fired an anti-aircraft missile at Israeli aircraft.

The officials say the militants fired the Strela shoulder-fired missile at an Israeli helicopter operating over Gaza last week, but missed their target.

The officials, speaking under condition of anonymity because they were discussing a military operation, said Israeli intelligence has long believed that Gaza militants possessed these weapons, but this was the first time they were fired. They said the air force has taken special precautions for several years assuming the threat existed.

Israel believes the weapons originated in Libya and were smuggled through tunnels along the Egyptian border.

Palestinian militant groups have never acknowledged possessing the weapons.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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