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Israel shot down Iranian drones en route to Gaza, IDF says

YnetNews.com reports: “Israel shot down two Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that were making their way to the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military confirmed Sunday night.

‘In March 2021, the Iranian regime launched two UAVs toward Israeli territory. The UAVs were successfully intercepted by the Israeli Air Force’s F-35i ‘Adir’ aircraft,’ a military spokesperson said in a statement, adding that this was the first time an F-35i aircraft shot down a drone in an operational setting.

‘The interception of the UAVs was carried out prior to them entering Israeli airspace, in coordination with neighboring countries. The UAVs were detected and tracked throughout their flight by ground control units.’

Defense sources estimate this was an attempt by the Iranians to smuggle weapons into Gaza…”

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