Israeli oversight revealed the army’s use of armed drones in offensive aerial targeting operations, a first-of-its-kind admission.
The decision to release this information comes a day after the Israeli army bombed a Hamas facility in the Gaza Strip in response to an Elbit Hermes 450 drone attack on a Gaza city.
The monitoring body said in a brief statement: “It has been found that there are no obstacles to the spread of the use of drones by the Israeli army as part of its operational activities,” and did not explain the reason for changing its policy, saying only that it had conducted an “in-depth and objective” review of the issue. .
For years, the IDF did not claim to be using armed drones, and Israeli journalists attempting to cover them faced intense IDF scrutiny.
Israel has used armed drones to strike many targets over the years, starting with the 2006 war in Lebanon and the 2008 war in the Gaza Strip.
Source: The Times of Israel.