Local media have reported that F-15 jets intercepted an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flying at an unusual height over the Gaza Strip.
According to Haaretz, the UAV flew four kilometres over the Strip, and F-15s were dispatched to shoot it down.
“An unmanned aircraft flying was detected flying at an irregular altitude over the Gaza Strip. IDF fighter jets were sent toward it and they intercepted it,” the Israeli military said in a statement.
It is understood that the Israeli military policy regarding drones in Gaza Strip air space is to interfere only if the drones reach the border or otherwise threaten Israeli security. In this case, Israel say that the irregular altitude of the drone constituted a potential threat, causing it to be intercepted by Israeli jets.
Tensions at the Israel-Gaza border have been high, following several security incidents in recent weeks.
Israel has not given details on the size or design of that drone, or how it was stopped.