Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has held a military parade, including a flyover by a drone, in the Gaza Strip to mark its 27th anniversary, Press TV reports.
The drone, known as “Ababil”, was made locally by Hamas military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, and was showcased for the first time to the public during the Sunday parade.
Israeli warplanes monitored the Hamas drone, Israel’s Jerusalem Post newspaper reported.
“According to a military source, the jets were prepared to deal with the threat, but returned to base after the air force saw there was no threat to Israeli air space,” the paper’s website said.
Meanwhile, Qassam Brigades spokesman Abu Ubaydah thanked Iran and the other countries that supported Hamas during Israel’s latest war against the Gaza Strip.
“I wish to express my gratitude to Iran for all of its support. They gave us a helping hand and did not spare an effort to aid us,” Majid Harara, a Hamas supporter, told Press TV.
The parade came nearly four months after a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians ended the recent war.
Gaza health officials say over 2,140 Palestinians, including 577 children, were killed in the Israeli onslaught. Over 11,100 others, including 3,374 children, 2,088 women and 410 elderly people, were injured.