Hamas tried to down an IDF helicopter throughout combating this month – report

A Hamas cell tried to down an Israeli army helicopter over the past spherical of combating in Gaza early this month, in accordance with a report Monday within the Jerusalem-based Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds.

The assault failed, in accordance with the report.

Simply earlier than the Hamas operatives may launch a shoulder-mounted missile on the chopper, which was working close to Gaza Metropolis within the northern Gaza Strip, they had been noticed by an Israeli jet and destroyed from the air, the paper mentioned, citing unnamed officers from Gaza-based terror teams as its sources.

There was no instant affirmation of the Palestinian report from Israeli sources.

The reported incident passed off through the Might Four-6 escalation in Gaza, by which terror teams within the Strip fired almost 700 rockets and missiles, largely aiming for Israeli inhabitants facilities. 4 Israelis had been killed within the barrages.

An image taken in Gaza Metropolis on Might 5, 2019, exhibits rockets being fired towards Israel. (Mahmud Hams/AFP)

In response, the IDF carried out some 350 airstrikes on Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets within the Palestinian territory. Twenty-five Palestinians had been reported killed, lots of them acknowledged members of terror teams.

The newspaper cited Gazan officers who claimed the try and down an Israeli helicopter was a response to “the occupation forces bombing civilian buildings and killing of civilians,” in accordance with a translation carried by Israel’s Channel 12.

Israeli Air Power helicopters are geared up with anti-missile techniques, however missiles have every now and then been in a position to penetrate these defenses, together with within the case of a Yas’ur transport helicopter downed by Hezbollah fireplace through the Second Lebanon Warfare in the summertime of 2006.