An IAF UAVIsrael news photo: Flash 90

The IDF shot down a Hamas aerial drone Thursday evening. The drone was brought down by Patriot missiles.

The Navy is looking for remains of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

This is the second time a UAV has been shot down this week. An enemy UAV, apparently laden with explosives, was shot down by the IDF near the port city of Ashdod Monday morning.

The interception caused a strong explosion to rock Ashdod and triggered air raid sirens at around 6:30 a.m..

The IDF Spokesman said that the UAV was shot down by a Patriot missile and that it fell in an open space along the Ashdod beach.

Mordechai Weisman, a resident of the Beit Shemesh area, told Arutz Sheva that the downing of the UAV "was accompanied by a very loud and longjet-like rumbling sound" that could be heard dozens of kilometers away.

“I just saw and heard massive column of smoke rising from Tel Aviv / coastal area,” he told Arutz Sheva's Tamar Yonah. “It sounded as loud as a large jet engine even from here near Beit Shemesh. Like nothing we've seen before. Looking at the photo, I would say it is coming from the Ashdod area. And just for the record, it was really scary watching and listening to that. The image does not at all do it justice...”