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A hostile drone was downed by the IAF today, so it’s a good opportunity for the BBC to reinvent history:
The Israeli air force has shot down a small unmanned aircraft after it entered the south of the country, the military has said.
Troops are searching for remains of the aircraft in the north of the Negev desert. It is not clear where it came from.
Local media quoted officials as saying the aircraft flew in from the west, but not from the Gaza Strip.
It was intercepted at around 10:00 local time (08:00 GMT).
The Israeli Defence Force said it was examining the aircraft’s flight path and whether it was being used for reconnaissance or for a potential act of terrorism.
However, Israeli radio quoted a military spokesman as saying it was not carrying explosives.
Correspondents say several small drones have penetrated Israeli territory in the past, but from the north.
On at least three occasions unmanned aircraft operated by the Lebanese Shia movement Hezbollah were detected [one intercepted, one crashed of Israeli coast, one crashed of Lebanese coast, but let’s leave our readers in suspense. JD].
An Israeli navy ship was damaged by an explosive drone in July 2006.
Two others flew over part of northern Israel in 2004 and 2005 without being intercepted.
What hit the INS Hanit in 2006 was a Chinese designed C-802 anti-ship missile, operated by Hezbollah, if not by Iranians in Lebanon. It’s quite possibly the farthest away from an “explosive drone” there is (How about attack drone, for a more, un-13-year-oldish gaming term). For a while, in the midsts of battle, it was unclear what hit the vessel, and Haaretz ran a piece quoting dubious (read Arab) sources claiming it was a drone, later correcting to the truthful version of the missile. By the way, the only other people propagating that it was a drone are obscure blogs and the white supremacist Stormfront.
Furthermore, while the attack on the INS Hanit took place, Hezbollah fired another C-802, that missed any intended navy vessel, striking and sinking a Cambodian merchant ship.
I will be posting a damning report about the BBC history revisionism on a different Israel related topic soon, stay tuned.