Small IDF drone crashes in West Bank city of Nablus

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

Footage of a crashed IDF drone in the West Bank city of Nablus on April 15, 2024. (Screen capture/X)
Footage of a crashed IDF drone in the West Bank city of Nablus on April 15, 2024. (Screen capture/X)

A small Israeli military drone crashed in the West Bank city of Nablus earlier today, the IDF says.

The drone, a Skylark model, was on a reconnaissance mission when it fell out of the sky for as-yet-unknown reasons.

According to the IDF, there is no fear of information leaking from the aircraft.

The “sky rider,” as it’s known in Hebrew, is a tactical surveillance drone created by Elbit Systems and operated by the IDF’s Artillery Corps.

The miniature UAV can be launched by one or two people, depending on the model, and once airborne provides a live video feed to soldiers on the ground.

Many such comparatively inexpensive UAVs have crashed in hostile territory over the years.

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