Hamas bets on locally made drones for next confrontation with Israel

Members of the Ezz-Al Din Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, parade on a truck with a drone in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip on May 27, 2021. - THOMAS COEX/AFP

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military arm of Hamas, revealed for the first time in a documentary released on June 11 that it has a large number of drones manufactured and developed in the Gaza Strip.

Besides rockets, drones are also one of Hamas’ most coveted weapons. Both were used heavily in the last round of conflict with Israel.

In a June 12 statement to Israel’s Channel 12, an Israeli military official said that Hamas had attempted to use a drone to attack the Tamar gas field in southern Israel before being discovered and destroyed in May 2022.

Hamas said on May 13, 2021, that it had targeted gas fields off the coast of Gaza with a series of Shehab suicide drones.

One of the drones arrived at the headquarters of the Israeli Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv, but went undetected and evaded Israeli army radars.

An unnamed Hamas military official told Al-Monitor that over the years their engineers were able to build a complete drone system, noting that all drone systems were made in Gaza and intended for use in Countering them was developed by the Israeli army.

“The development process is moving in steady steps toward creating drones with higher accuracy in hitting targets, flying long distances, with a more developed communication and control system,” he said.

Meanwhile, Israel is trying to limit Hamas drones by preventing material smuggling, assassinating developers, or shooting them down with its Iron Dome system.

On May 19, 2021, the Israeli army announced that it had shot down a drone over the southern Gaza Strip.

The other question left unanswered is how and where is Hamas getting technologies to build drones and who stands behind it.

Source: Al-Monitor