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After years, IDF finally admits to using armed drones in airstrikes

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

An IDF drone landing in an airfield on the Golan Heights, on January 20, 2015. (Jack Guez/AFP)
An IDF drone landing in an airfield on the Golan Heights, on January 20, 2015. (Jack Guez/AFP)

After many years, the Military Censor says the media can now publish that the Israel Defense Forces uses armed drones to strike targets.

“It was found that there was no impediment in publishing the IDF’s use of strike UAVs as part of its operational activities,” the censor says, after examining the issue.

For years the IDF would not state it uses armed drones, and Israeli journalists who attempted to report on it came up against the IDF censor.

Yesterday, the IDF struck a Hamas post in the Gaza Strip in response to gunfire toward a town on the border, using an armed drone.

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