RAMALLAH, May 5 (JMCC) - The crash of a military surveillance balloon near the Gaza Strip has drawn attention to how Israel is keeping track of Palestinians.
As reported in Haaretz
, the balloon, which was taken out of commission, was knocked out of commission by a crop duster plane.
The incident was relatively unusual and harmed the IDF's observation and monitoring capabilities in the area. The observation balloon is considered to be an advanced technology, providing a 360 degree view for a number of kilometers. The balloon provides a real-time situational picture to operations rooms in the region and identifies terrorist activities in the Gaza Strip.