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Armed military drone crashes in southern Israel, sparking a fire

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

The scene of the crash of an armed military drone in southern Israel, November 9, 2022 (Courtesy)
The scene of the crash of an armed military drone in southern Israel, November 9, 2022 (Courtesy)

An armed Israeli military drone has crashed in southern Israel, sparking a fire, the military says.

The drone crashed near the city of Arad in southern Israel.

The Israel Defense Forces says forces were dispatched to the scene to safely clear the debris. Fire services who initially reached the scene were ordered to stay back, over fears munitions on the drone would explode.

Chief of the Israeli Air Force, Tomer Bar, has instructed the grounding of the entire fleet of the model in question until the incident is investigated.

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