The armed wing of the Hamas movement blamed Israel on Sunday for the death of aviation expert, Mohamed Zawari, vowing that his assassination will not stop the group from developing drones.
“What the enemy doesn’t know is that it wasn’t only Zawari who helped to build pilotless drones, we had built up a structure with a large team,” said al-Qassam Brigades.
Zawari was fatally shot in the Tunisian industrial city of Sfax last week, which Hamas blames on Israel’s Mossad Intelligence Agency.
The group said on Saturday that Zawari had been recruited as a member of the movement a decade ago and had come to the Gaza Strip several times to train others on how to build drones.
During the Gaza war in 2014, Hamas sent unmanned aircraft into Israeli airspace that were afterwards shot down.
Israel fears that the radical Islamist organisation, in charge of Gaza since 2007, has obtained several drones and could use them for terrorist attacks.