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Israeli Air Force Downs Drone

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Posted on Oct 6, 2012
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Israeli troops are searching for the remnants of an unarmed drone of uncertain origin that their air force shot down in the south of the country Saturday. Though it appears to have been gathering intelligence, local reports suggest it was not from the Gaza Strip.

—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

The Guardian:

The drone was spotted above the Mediterranean Sea in the area of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip to the west of Israel, said a military spokeswoman, Avital Leibovich.

It was escorted by air force jets once it crossed into Israeli air space and travelled around 35 miles east across Israel’s southern Negev desert before being shot down.

The Israel Defence Forces said their soldiers were examining the aircraft’s flight path and were searching the area to locate debris and identify its origin.

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