IDF drone crashes in Gaza, a day after another went down in southern Lebanon

Military says there’s no risk of intelligence being taken from the device, a cheap off-the-shelf model used for basic reconnaissance missions

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's religions and Diaspora affairs correspondent.

A soldier in the IDF's Combat Intelligence Corps operates a new drone purchased by the military for company commander. (Screen capture: Israel Defense Forces)
Illustrative. A soldier in the IDF's Combat Intelligence Corps operates a small drone. (Screen capture: Israel Defense Forces)

An Israeli drone crashed in the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning, a day after a similar incident in southern Lebanon, the Israel Defense Forces said.

“During operational activity by IDF troops a short while ago, an IDF drone fell in the southern Gaza Strip,” the military said in a statement.

The IDF said there was no risk of intelligence being taken from the drone, which appears to have been a small, off-the-shelf model used for simple reconnaissance missions.

On Monday, a similar drone crashed in southern Lebanon, with the Hezbollah terror group saying it shot it down.

The IDF confirmed that one of its drones fell in Lebanese territory, but refrained from specifying the cause of the crash. “During operational activities by IDF troops on the Lebanese border, an IDF drone fell in Lebanese territory,” the IDF said in a statement Monday.

According to Hezbollah-affiliated media, the drone crashed near the Lebanese village of Blida, just west of the border from the Israeli community of Yiftah, and was taken away by members of the terror group. Then too, the IDF said there was no risk of intelligence being taken from the device.

Such drones, which are relatively cheap, crash or are brought down in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip at a frequency of once every few months.

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