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Israeli Army: Islamic Jihad Tried to Attack Tamar Gas Rig

An aerial view of Israel's Tamar gas rig off the southern coast of Ashkelon, June 23, 2014. Moshe Shai/FLASH90
An aerial view of Israel’s Tamar gas rig off the southern coast of Ashkelon, June 23, 2014. Moshe Shai/FLASH90

Israel’s military revealed on Tuesday that Gaza’s Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) was involved in a failed attempt to launch a drone toward the Tamar gas rig during this past weekend’s ‘Operation “Breaking Dawn.”‘

The terrorist group’s unsuccessful launch of an unmanned aircraft from Gaza prompted Israel’s army to step up its efforts to protect the platform located 14 miles off the coast of Ashkelon in southern Israel.

During the 11-day conflict with Hamas in May 2021, the terrorist rulers of the Gaza Strip fired dozens of rockets toward Tamar, missing the intended target, which is protected by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system and other defensive measures.

According to Israeli military estimates, the PIJ launched around 1,175 rockets from the Palestinian coastal enclave at Israel during the three days of conflict that ended late Sunday night with an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire

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