Israel’s air force scrambled fighters on 14 December after Hamas militants launched an unmanned air vehicle to fly over a parade in Gaza marking the 27th anniversary of the organisation’s establishment.

Israel was concerned the UAV might be sent into Israeli airspace, either to conduct an attack or to perform reconnaissance. However, the UAV was not shot down as it did not veer towards Israeli territory.

Israeli sources subsequently identified the aircraft involved in the parade as an Iranian-made Ababil. Capable of carrying a40kg (88lb) payload – potentially including an explosive charge – the typehas a maximum operational radius of 81nm (150km) and a service ceiling of 14,000ft. […]