Hamas Captures Israeli Drone in Gaza
The Palestinian resistance group Hamas said on Monday that it has captured an Israeli drone that was flying over the Gaza Strip. The drone was reportedly on a spying mission and crashed due to a technical malfunction.
The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, announced in a statement that they seized a K1 Orbiter drone on Monday while it was on “a hostile reconnaissance mission in the airspace of eastern Gaza.”
The K1 Orbiter is a small, lightweight drone that can be launched by hand and can fly for up to three hours. It is equipped with a camera and can transmit live video and images to a ground station.
The Israeli Broadcasting Authority confirmed on Monday that a drone of the domestic intelligence service, Shin Bet, had crashed in Gaza during “operational activity.”
The Israeli Channel 14 said that the drone crashed in the Al-Zaytoun neighborhood, east of Gaza City, “as a result of a technical malfunction and not for a hostile reason.”
Hamas and the Israeli occupation have been locked in a cycle of violence, especially after May 2021 when an 11-day war broke out that killed more than 250 Palestinians and 13 Israelis. The two sides have since exchanged sporadic rocket fire and airstrikes, amid efforts to reach a long-term ceasefire.