In one of it's most blatant attempts to inflict massive civilian casualties on Israel, Hamas sent a drone laden with explosive over a heavily populated neighborhood of the Israeli city of Ashdod. Fortunately, the Israelis were able to shoot it down:
An enemy Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), apparently laden with explosives, was shot down by the IDF near the port city of Ashdod Monday morning.
The interception caused a strong explosion to rock Ashdod and the air raid sirens went off, at around 6:30 a.m..
The Navy is reportedly looking for remains of the UAV.
The IDF Spokesman said that the UAV was shot down by a Patriot missile and that it fell in an open space along the Ashdod beach.
Mordechai Weisman, a resident of the Beit Shemesh area, told Arutz Sheva that the downing of the UAV "was accompanied by a very loud and long jet-like rumbling sound" that could be heard dozens of kilometers away.
“I just saw and heard massive column of smoke rising from Tel Aviv / coastal area,” he told Arutz Sheva's Tamar Yonah. “It sounded as loud as a large jet engine even from here near Beit Shemesh. Like nothing we've seen before. Looking at the photo, I would say it is coming from the Ashdod area. And just for the record, it was really scary watching and listening to that. The image does not at all do it justice...”
Here's a tweet from Avital Leibovich, a former IDF spokeswoman:
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#BREAKING : #Hamas tries to send an armed drone to target populated neighborhood in Ashdod. The drone was intercepted. #IsraelUnderFire
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