Hamas is thought to possess several unmanned aircraft systems, defense officials said Monday after the Israel Defense Forces shot down a drone near Ashdod.

A senior officer said Military Intelligence has closely followed the development of unmanned aerial vehicles in both Lebanon and Gaza, and Israel has even attacked sites in the past where such drones were manufactured. He said the IDF feared an attempt to carry out a terror attack using a drone.

“We’re sort of in a money time because they [Hamas] want to return with an achievement,” he said. […]