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IDF downs quadcopter drone flown by Hamas near Gaza border

Small commercially made craft likely brought down using electronic warfare means; military says device taken for inspection

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

A drone belonging to the Hamas terror group is seen after being downed by troops on the border with the Gaza Strip, on October 11, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
A drone belonging to the Hamas terror group is seen after being downed by troops on the border with the Gaza Strip, on October 11, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

Israeli forces on Tuesday brought down a small quadcopter drone launched by the Hamas terror group over the northern Gaza Strip, the military said.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, the small off-the-shelf device was monitored during its flight and did not cross Israel’s barrier with the coastal enclave.

It was brought down while flying near the border fence.

The IDF did not specify how the drone was brought down; however, it was believed to have been done using electronic warfare means.

A picture of the drone released by the military showed a small quadcopter that appeared to be a commercially available model manufactured by Chinese company DJI. It did not appear to have been damaged after being downed.

The drone was taken by the military for further inspection, the IDF added.

Earlier this year, the Iron Dome air defense system shot down a “suspicious” aircraft flying over the Gaza Strip.

Israel typically does not interfere when the Gaza-ruling Hamas conducts drone test flights, only when they are being flown out of the Strip.

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