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Hamas Tried to Develop a UAV

Gaza’s Hamas terrorist rulers have been trying to develop an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit reveals.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 11/16/2012, 8:50 PM

Gaza under fire
Gaza under fire
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Gaza’s Hamas terrorist rulers have been trying to develop an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit revealed on Friday.

A video published by the IDF Spokesperson shows Hamas conducting a test flight of the drone it was building. Over the past week, during the IDF’s Operation Pillar of Defense, IAF aircraft struck a stockpile of such UAVs.

Reports on Friday evening indicated that the Hamas developers of the UAV acquired the knowledge required to develop it in Iran and Syria.

The UAVs that the IDF destroyed can reportedly reach a distance of tens of kilometers from Gaza, including to Tel Aviv and north of it.

Channel 1 News reported that Hamas’s desire was to have a UAV similar to one flown by Hizbullah over Israel during the 2006 Second Lebanon War.

Last month, Israel shot down an Iranian-made drone that penetrated Israel's airspace. Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah later boasted that his group sent the unmanned drone over Israel. The group’s Al-Manar television network also broadcast a video which the network claimed simulates the route made by the unmanned drone.

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi subsequently confirmed that Iran had provided Hizbullah with the drone, claiming his country’s “capabilities are very high and are at the disposal and service of Islamic nations.”

(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)