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Israel downs Gaza drone

By Reuters in Gaza and Jerusalem ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-07-15 07:20:57

Use of unmanned aircraft is first reported deployment by Hamas

Israel said it shot down a drone from Gaza a week into its offensive on Monday, the first reported deployment of an unmanned aircraft by Palestinian militants whose rocket attacks have been regularly intercepted.

Hamas, the Islamist group that runs Gaza, said its armed wing had sent several drones to carry out "special missions" deep inside Israel - a development which, if confirmed, would mark a step up in the sophistication of its arsenal.

Israel downs Gaza drone

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