IDF reveals Islamic Jihad attempted to launch drone at offshore gas platform

The Israeli military revealed on Tuesday that the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terror group from Gaza was involved in a failed attempt to launch a drone at Israel’s Tamar offshore gas platform over the weekend. . Operation Breaking Dawn.

The terror group’s failed launch of an unmanned aircraft from Gaza prompted the Israeli military to step up efforts to protect the rig 22 km off the coast of Ashkelon in southern Israel.

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Tamar gas field in the Mediterranean

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During the 11-day conflict with Hamas in May 2021, terror leaders in the Gaza Strip fired dozens of rockets at Tamar, missing the intended target, which is protected by Israeli protection Iron Dome Missile Defense System and other defensive measures.

The fuel was removed from the platform and it was temporarily taken offline as fighting between Hamas and Israel began. The decision during last year’s conflict with Hamas was ordered by the office of then-Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz.

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Launch of Iron Dome missile defense to intercept rocket fire from Gaza Launch of Iron Dome missile defense to intercept rocket fire from Gaza

Launch of Iron Dome missile defense to intercept rocket fire from Gaza

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According to IDF estimates, the PIJ launched around 1,175 rockets from the Palestinian coastal enclave into Israel during the three-day conflict that ended late Sunday night with an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire .

About 200 washed up in the Gaza Strip. Two of the misfires resulted in the deaths of at least 11 people, including seven children.

Reproduced with permission from i24NEWS.

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