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