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Israeli drone falls into the hands of Hamas
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_01_Israel99(9).jpgAn Israeli airstrike killed three in Gaza on Tuesday near an area where an unmanned Israeli surveillance aircraft crashed earlier in the day, a Gaza official said.
 
The Israeli military said the Skylark drone experienced a technical malfunction and it was investigating what caused it to go down, AP reported. 
 
Hamas said it recovered the aircraft in southern Gaza and handed it over to security forces. No further details were immediately available.
Israel uses drones to gather intelligence on Gaza, a territory governed by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, and where several other armed groups also operate.
 
The Israeli army would not say whether the drone's fall into Hamas' hands could provide secrets or technology to the group.
 
The Skylark, however, is known to have safeguards to prevent disclosure of information to unauthorized personnel.
 
Shortly after the drone crashed, the Islamic Jihad movement said an Israeli airstrike struck the area, killing three members belonging to the group.
 
The Israeli military said it was responding to mortar fire that had just taken place toward Israel.
 
The military also said that in an incident late on Monday, Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian after he threw rocks at Israeli cars in the West Bank. Palestinian police initially blamed Jewish settlers for the shooting.
 
The shooting came after Israeli guards shot and killed a Jordanian judge who the Israelis said tried to grab a rifle from a soldier at the border crossing between the West Bank and Jordan.
 
Israel expressed regret on Tuesday over the fatal shooting of the judge, a statement from the premier's office said, according to AFP. 
 
"Israel regrets the death of Judge Raed Zeiter yesterday (Monday) at the King Hussein (Allenby) bridge and expresses its sympathies to the people and government of Jordan," the statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said.
 
The shooting had sparked the fury of both Jordan and the Palestinians, with protesters in Amman demanding the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador and the abrogation of the two countries' 1994 peace treaty.
 
Shootings at the Allenby crossing on the West Bank-Jordan border are rare. Israel and Jordan signed a peace agreement 20 years ago and have close security ties.
 
The military said its initial investigation showed that the man attacked a soldier while shouting ''Allahu Akbar,'' Arabic for ''God is Great,'' and the soldiers were forced to open fire, first toward his legs and then once again, after the suspect began to strangle a soldier.
 
Nabil Abu Rdeneh, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said the latest escalation was a ''dangerous provocation'' that could spiral out of control.

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