GAZA CITY Ñ The Hamas movement has claimed credit for the development of an
unmanned boat meant to strike Israeli naval vessels off the coast of the
On Friday, the Hamas unmanned vessel attempted to ram into an Israeli
Dabur fast attack vessel. The Dabur spotted the unmanned raft and destroyed
it about four kilometers off the coast in the northern Gaza Strip.
Palestinian sources said the boat is meant to be directed by remote control against Israeli naval patrol
boats in the Mediterranean Sea.
No injuries or damage were reported in the attack. Later, Hamas claimed
A Hamas statement said the boat was filled with explosives. The
statement said one person was on the boat.
But an Israeli military statement said nobody was aboard the Hamas raft.
An Israeli military source said the unmanned Hamas craft appeared to be a
new method used to attack naval vessels.