Israeli drone strike hits Islamic Jihad rocket team

NY Times:
An Israeli drone strike killed five Palestinian militants at an Islamic Jihad training site in southern Gaza on Saturday, according to witnesses and the militant group, and Gaza militants fired salvos of rockets at southern Israel after Islamic Jihad pledged that it would respond forcefully to the Israeli airstrike.
Several rockets struck in and around the Israeli port city of Ashdod and one Israeli was lightly wounded, according to the Israeli police. Other rockets fell in open areas.
Earlier, the Israeli military said that it had hit a terrorist squad that was preparing to fire long-range rockets into Israel, and that the same squad had been responsible for firing a rocket that struck late Wednesday near Ashdod.
 Witnesses to Saturday’s strike said that an Israeli drone fired two missiles at a training site situated on sandy dunes in a former Jewish settlement near the city of Rafah.
Israel has rarely used armed drones, but it can be a more cost effective way of dealing with terrorist groups like Islamic Jihad.  The drone shows greater persistence than a plane like an F-16 is capable of.  The terrorist are not as likely too sense their presents and therefore they may unwittingly expose themselves as the rocket team did in this case.


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