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

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May 13, 2021

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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.

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