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Israeli Fighter Jet Shoots Down Hamas Drone Over Gaza

Drone did not infiltrate Israeli airspace and was surveilled by the military from took off, statement says.

An Israeli jet shot down a Hamas drone on Tuesday over the Gaza Strip coastline, the military said.
The drone did not infiltrate Israeli airspace and had been under surveillance from the moment it took off from Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.
The decision to shoot the drone down was reached after it was seen approaching Israeli airspace, the military said.
An F-16 Israel Air Force fighter jet, which was dispatched to intercept the drone, fired an air-to-air missile at the drone at around 10 A.M, shooting it down.
The military said air traffic was prohibited over the Gaza Strip.
Two years ago during the 2014 violent conflict in Gaza, an Israel Air Force Patriot battery shot down a Hamas drone.
"The IDF will not allow any violation of [Israeli] airspace and will act decisively against any such attempt," the military statement said.
In July, Israel unsuccessfully tried to intercept a Russian drone that breached its airspace over the Golan Heights. The military tried to shoot down the drone three times – first with two Patriot missiles, and then with a fighter jet. But the drone escaped unscathed. An Israeli official said at the time that the infiltration stemmed from a human error.
The intrusion was the most serious incident involving the Israeli and Russian militaries since Russian President Vladimir Putin sent forces to Syria in September 2015 in support of President Bashar Assad's regime.

Gili Cohen
Haaretz Correspondent

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The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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