‘Suicide submarine’ destroyed by airstrike…

THIS is the moment a Hamas “suicide submarine” was destroyed in Gaza by a lethal Israeli airstrike, as Benjamin Netanyahu defies calls for a ceasefire.

The Israel Defence Forces announced it had stopped an attack by a remote-controlled ‘drone’ submarine intended to disable its Navy ships.



The autonomous submarine was being launched from northern Gaza when it was blown up by the Israel Defence ForceCredit: IDF


The submarine was exploded as Israeli warplanes carry out airstrikes in Gaza CityCredit: Getty


A Palestinian man stands next to a car that was hit by an Israeli airstrike, near the beach in Gaza CityCredit: AP


The moment the drone submarine is hit from the airCredit: IDF


The vehicle tracked by the IDF, which was claimed to have been carrying Hamas militantsCredit: IDF

Hamas militants were killed while sitting in their car operating the underwater vessel, and their submarine was destroyed in the two-pronged attack, reported Haaretz.

Grainy aerial footage shows the vehicle being tracked by the IDF while it was driven to the sea, with the drone sub blown to smithereens before it could reach its unconfirmed target.

An Israeli Navy vessel destroyed the submarine at sea, while an IDF aircraft attacked the ground-based Hamas militants operating it.

Reporters said that Hamas was taking its submergible naval weapon to the shore in Northern Gaza when the militants operating it were killed.

“The submarine that was attacked was launched from the shore in Gaza,” the IDF spokesperson said.

“It went a few meters deep and was directed at a target, which could have been an Israeli beach or Israel Navy boats,” they added.

Hamas was said to have modified inexpensive, unmanned, underwater drones in their workshops to carry an explosive payload of up to 30kg.

These subs are manoeuvred towards targets by remote control or guided using GPS.

It’s believed that Hamas’s target was either the Israel Navy or Israel’s offshore natural gas platforms.


Palestinian protesters run for cover from tear gas fired by Israeli security forces near the settlement of Beit El and Ramallah in the occupied West BankCredit: AFP


A member of the Israeli security forces stands guard in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in east JerusalemCredit: AFP


Explosions are seen following Israeli air strikes in Gaza City, May 18, 2021Credit: Rex


Smoke rises following an Israeli air strike on a buildingCredit: Reuters


Shell-shocked Palestinians sit among the rubble of their homeCredit: AFP

While it would have failed to carry out major damage, even if the submarine had hit its target, any successful operation could have given Hamas a “victory photo”, experts claimed.

Military bosses confirmed to the Times of Israel that the device was destroyed shortly after launch, and that the team operating it had been killed.

Hamas militants were seen heading for the shore with the autonomous submarine, and putting it in the water.

An IDF aircraft attacked them “to thwart the threat,” the military said.

“The most significant thing, as in all of the IDF, is denying [the enemy] capabilities and establishing a strong defence.

“Therefore, we have attacked bases, vessels, weapons warehouses, infrastructure and operatives.

“We have acted so that the naval arms of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas would be depressed,” the head of the Israeli Navy Maj. Gen. Eli Sharvit told reporters.


Gazan children sit on an unexploded missile from Israeli forces in the al-Rimal neighbourhoodCredit: Getty


Firefighters attempt to extinguish a fire at a warehouse which was hit during an Israeli airstrike in the southern Gaza Strip city of RafahCredit: Rex


Israeli troops take up position during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the West Bank city of Hebron, May 18Credit: EPA


Palestinian protester throws stones during clashes with Israeli troops in HebronCredit: EPA

A strike launched from Gaza killed two Thai workers inside a packaging plant in southern Israel on Tuesday, police said.

The fatalities occurred hours after Israeli airstrikes toppled a six-storey building in the Palestinian territory that housed bookstores and educational centres.

Desks, office chairs, books and computer wires could be seen in the debris.

Israel had warned the building’s residents ahead of time, sending them fleeing into the predawn darkness, and there were no reports of casualties.

The battle between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers shows no sign of abating and truce efforts have apparently stalled.

At least 213 Palestinians have been killed in recent airstrikes including 61 children and 36 women, with more than 1,440 people injured, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

Twelve people in Israel, including a five-year-old boy and a soldier, have been killed in the ongoing rocket attacks.

Israel has vowed to press on with its military operations.

“We will continue to operate as long as necessary in order to return calm and security to all Israeli citizens,” PM Benjamin Netanyahu said.


Smoke rises after Israeli army carried out attacks over buildings in Rafah, Gaza on May 18Credit: Getty


Palestinian members of Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade in the centre of RamallahCredit: AFP


A damaged car in the rubble of a damaged house after Israeli warplanes strike the HQ of the Qatari Red Crescent SocietyCredit: Getty


A rocket fired from Gaza flies towards IsraelCredit: EPA

Since the fighting began last week, the Israeli military has launched hundreds of airstrikes.

It says Israel is targeting Hamas militant infrastructure, while Palestinian militants have fired more than 3,400 rockets from civilian areas in Gaza at civilian targets in Israel.

Hamas has an abundant stocks of rockets and other weaponry in its ongoing conflict with Israel.

According to experts contacted by news agency AFP, Hamas had built up an a considerable strike force of 12,000-13,000 rockets before the present conflict began.

The Palestinian militant group boasts a more extensive and effective arsenal than in previous standoffs.

More than 3,000 rockets have fallen on Israel in the past week, a pace aimed at overwhelming Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system.

For the first time, Hamas has used the Ayyash 250 missile, with a range of 250km (155 miles).


“The most impressive fact of this war is just how many rockets they managed to fire in a short period of time and simultaneously,” said Fabian Hinz, an independent analyst who focuses on missiles in the Middle East.

“Hamas’s firepower, both in terms of number of rockets and their reach, far surpasses earlier escalations, and Israeli retaliation has been swift and devastating,” said the International Crisis Group (ICG).

In the past Hamas has managed to obtain unexploded British World War I munitions from a vessel that sank off Gaza, said analyst Calibre Obscura.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad said at least 20 of their fighters had been killed in the recent battle.

But Israel claimed the number was at least 160 and released the names of and photos of more than two dozen militant commanders it said were eliminated.


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Israeli attacks have damaged at least 18 hospitals and clinics and entirely destroyed one health facility, the World Health Organisation said in a new report.

Nearly half of all essential drugs in the territory have run out.

The US signalled it would not pressure the two sides for a ceasefire despite President Joe Biden saying he supported one.

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