Palestinian resistance fighters have reportedly shot down an Israeli reconnaissance drone over the northeastern part of the besieged Gaza Strip.
The fighters targeted the unmanned aerial vehicle late on Saturday as it was flying over the city of Beit Hanoun, according to local sources.
Press TV reports:
Israeli military officials, however, dismissed the reports, asserting that they had not lost any unmanned aerial vehicles.
The Israeli military frequently uses drones over the Gaza Strip either to monitor and photograph Palestinian military units in the blockaded enclave, or launch aerial attacks against preplanned fixed targets.
The Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades, which is the military wing of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, reported on September 20, 2015 that its members had seized an Israeli drone, which had gone down in an area on the outskirts of Beit Lahia city in northern Gaza.
Back in July that year, Hamas announced that another drone had crashed in northern Gaza, adding that the movement’s fighters had managed to recover pieces of the unmanned aerial vehicle and assemble it.
Israel launched its latest war on the Gaza Strip in early July 2014.