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$5 Million Israeli UAV Crashes in Israel; No Injuries

An Israeli Air Force Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) crashed in central Israel Sunday morning on a test flight. No one was injured.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 1/29/2012, 11:39 AM

An IAF UAV
An IAF UAV
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An Israeli Air Force Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) valued at $5 million crashed in central Israel Sunday morning on a test flight. No one was injured.

The IDF has not released details on the incident, which occurred near the Air Force's Tel Nof Base south of Tel Aviv.

The IAF uses UAVs for frequent intelligence gathering operations and to spot terrorists preparing attacks on Israelis at the southern and northern fronts.

Elsewhere Saturday night and Sunday morning, rock-throwing terrorists at a terror hotspot between Jerusalem and Kiryat Arba-Hevron wounded one soldier lightly during a hunt for wanted terrorists.

The soldier was treated on the scene, and two terror suspects were arrested at Beit Umar, a village located along Highway 60 south of Gush Etzion and a constant threat to Jewish motorists. Several cars have been damaged this month in that area by an increasing number of rock-throwing attacks intended to cause a fatal accident.

The IDF Saturday night also arrested nine other Palestinian Authority Arabs in Judea and Samaria suspected of terrorist activities.