Hamas Military Wing Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades Claims Use Of Suicide Drones For First Time On Israeli Gas Refinery Near Northern Gaza, Releases Video Showing Drones Being Prepared

May 13, 2021

The following report is now a complimentary offering from MEMRI's Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM). For JTTM subscription information, click here. 

On May 13, 2021, Hamas military wing Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades claimed that its fighters had for the first time used locally made suicide drones called "Shahab" to attack "a gas platform" off the coast of northern Gaza on May 12. The group released footage of the drones being prepared.

"With the help of Allah, His strength and blessing, Al-Qassam Brigades has used a new weapon in the Al-Quds Sword Battle, targeting, with a number of locally made Shahab-type suicide drones, a gas platform off the coast of northern Gaza on Wednesday afternoon, and targeting military gatherings near the borders of the Gaza sector on this Thursday afternoon," said the statement posted on the group's Telegram channel.[1]

Vowing to launch additional attacks, the statement noted that the drone attacks were retaliation for Israeli airstrikes that killed a group of Hamas commanders. 

Earlier on May 13, the group posted a short video showing its fighters preparing the drones for launch. The drones had the name "Shahab" written on their wings.


[1] Telegram, Qassambrigades, May 13, 2021.

The Cyber & Jihad Lab

The Cyber & Jihad Lab monitors, tracks, translates, researches, and analyzes cyber jihad originating from the Middle East, Iran, South Asia, and North and West Africa. It innovates and experiments with possible solutions for stopping cyber jihad, advancing legislation and initiatives federally – including with Capitol Hill and attorneys-general – and on the state level, to draft and enforce measures that will serve as precedents for further action. It works with leaders in business, law enforcement, academia, and families of terror victims to craft and support efforts and solutions to combat cyber jihad, and recruits, and works with technology industry leaders to craft and support efforts and solutions.

Read More