Palestinian Hamas targets Israeli jets over Gaza Strip

TEHRAN, Apr. 03 (MNA) – The Palestinian Hamas resistance movement has fired a number of surface-to-air missiles towards Israeli fighter jets flying in the skies over the Gaza Strip after a drone belonging to the group was shot down.

Hamas's military wing, the al-Qassam Brigades, announced in a statement that one of its Shehab (Meteor) drones, while on a training flight, was shot down by Israel's air force on Monday.

It noted that the incident occurred as members of the al-Qassam Brigades were conducting training in the southern Gaza Strip, Press TV reported.

After Israeli fighter jets targeted the drone, the Brigades responded by firing anti-aircraft missiles towards the Israeli planes. 

No Israeli aircraft were apparently damaged in the incident.

Earlier, the Israeli air force had shot down a Hamas drone over the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military said the drone was spotted in the airspace over the besieged coastal enclave, and was monitored up until the moment it was shot down.

The army added that the aircraft did not enter Israeli airspace and did not pose a threat.

This came a day after Israeli combat helicopters and planes downed an unidentified aircraft that appeared to have crossed into Israeli airspace from Syria.

The unidentified aircraft was tracked by the military and “taken down over an open area,” without posing a threat to residents of the area, the Israeli army said in a statement on Sunday.

The remnants of that drone were collected by the army on Monday morning and transferred for additional checks.

Tensions in northern Israel have escalated after a series of airstrikes in Syria.

Israel launched air raids on outposts in Syria’s central province of Homs early on Sunday, wounding at least five soldiers, according to the Syrian Ministry of Defense.

The raids were the third in recent days, including an attack on Friday that killed two military advisers with Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

Israel launched “an aerial aggression from the direction of northwest Beirut, targeting some outposts in Homs city and its countryside at 00:35 a.m. local time on Sunday (2135 GMT Saturday) and Syrian air defenses had intercepted some of the missiles,” the ministry said in a statement carried by Syria’s official news agency SANA.

An unnamed Syrian military source said that the attacks caused some material damage and injured five military personnel.


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