Hamas uses drone to drop bomb on Israel; IAF responds with air strikes

Hamas uses drone to drop bomb on Israel; IAF responds with air strikes
Boom. “Confirming positive results on target,” an IAF Apache aircrew smokes an Iranian drone intruding in Israeli air space on 10 Feb 2018. (Image: Screen grab of IAF video, YouTube)

[Ed. – The drone delivery is an escalation, introducing a new mechanism for terror attacks on Israel.  Hamas has been using flaming balloons to attack Israel for months, and in 2018, Iran launched a drone-bomb against Israel, which the IDF shot down using helicopters.  But apparently the latest Hamas attack wasn’t a drone-bomb — i.e., the drone itself is the bomb — but a drone that dropped a bomb.  New territory.]

Israeli aircraft hit several military targets for Gaza’s Hamas rulers late Saturday after militants used a drone to drop a bomb on the Israeli side of the Gaza-Israel perimeter fence.

The Israeli military said the targets included “offensive military equipment and two military sites” for the Islamic group’s aerial unit, which it said was responsible for the drone attack. …

This appeared to be the first attempt to carry out an attack with a drone piloted from Gaza. The Israeli army said the drone released “what seems to be an explosive device” and lightly damaged an army vehicle near the fence.

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