Amid calls for truce, Israel says it shot down Gaza drone

Jul 14, 2014, 7:21 AM EDT
Smoke from an Israeli air strike rises over the Gaza Strip on July 14, 2014 at the Israeli-Gaza border. Israel's operation 'Protective Edge' has entered a seventh day as the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) continue to carry out massive airstrikes across the Gaza Strip with reports suggesting over 166 people have been killed, the majority of whom are civilians.
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Israel said it shot down a drone from Gaza a week into its offensive on Monday, the first reported deployment of an unmanned aircraft by Palestinian militants whose rocket attacks have been regularly intercepted. Hamas, the Islamist group which runs Gaza, said its armed wing had sent several drones to carry out "special missions" deep inside Israel - a development which, if confirmed, would mark a step up in the sophistication of its arsenal.
Background:
Israel says shoots down Gaza drone as calls for truce mount [Reuters]
Israel's Gaza campaign in seventh day, amid rocket fire [BBC]

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