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Militants 'shoot down' Israeli drone over Gaza Strip

Nov. 3, 2013 5:20 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 29, 2014 12:52 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian militant groups in Gaza shot down an Israeli drone in the northern Gaza Strip, military sources in Gaza told Ma'an Sunday.

A spokesperson for the Israeli army confirmed that a reconnaissance drone crashed while on an "executive mission," but said that it malfunctioned due to a technical problem.

Sources within Gaza's military groups denied the Israeli army claim, insisting that the drone was shot down.

Hamas' military wing al-Qassam Brigades brought down another drone during the latest Israeli military offensive against the coastal enclave about a year ago.

Also Sunday, witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli military vehicles entered northern Gaza, razing agricultural land inside the strip.

The incursion follows two deadly Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip: an air strike in northern Gaza that killed three Palestinians on Friday and an artillery shelling in Khan Younis refugee camp that killed one on Thursday.

Five Israeli soldiers were wounded Friday by an explosive device as they were clearing a tunnel from the Gaza Strip into Israel.

Israeli military drones regularly conduct reconnaissance missions over Gaza even after the ceasefire that ended Operation Pillar of Defense, a 2012 Israeli military offensive against the Strip which left 170 Palestinians and six Israelis dead.
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