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Israel claims to shoot down Gaza drone

Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 - 01:12

Israel says it shot down a drone from Gaza, the first reported deployment of an unmanned aircraft by Palestinian militants whose rocket attacks have been regularly intercepted. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Plumes of smoke rise over Gaza, as Israel's offensive continues into its seventh day. Hamas said its armed wing had sent several drones deep inside Israel. And Israel says they have shot one down. Gaza health officials say more than 166 Palestinians have been killed in the week-long violence. This footage, released by Israel's military, is said to show aerial strikes aborted in Gaza to prevent more civilian casualties. Thousands are seeking refuge, and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency is calling for their premises in the Gaza strip to remain safe. (SOUNDBITE) (English) COMMISSIONER GENERAL OF UNRWA, PIERRE KRAHENBUHL, SAYING: "We know that when people seek refuge in a place, they think these premises are safe. UNRWA premises and other UN premises must be respected and spared from the effects of the fighting that's a very important message. So, we speaking about it, as a reminder of what happened in 2008-9, and as a call for it not to be repeated." (1054) Back in 2008, Israel came under international criticism after it struck UN schools where thousands of Palestinians were hiding.

Israel claims to shoot down Gaza drone

Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 - 01:12

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