On November 10, a drone reportedly launched from Syria struck the southern Israeli city of Eilat. This incident is a departure from previous attacks on Israeli-held territories, which typically involved mortar shelling confined to unpopulated areas. In contrast, this drone managed to hit a school over 400 kilometers away from the nearest point on Syrian territory.
Beyond its remarkable long-distance reach, the drone's ability to fly undetected and hit its target suggests the involvement of a well-trained operator. The message conveyed by this attack is equally noteworthy —it demonstrates the capability of the responsible group operating from Syria to potentially target any location in Israel. The question that looms large is: who is responsible for the attack, and how did it manage to reach its target without triggering alarms?
In the early hours of Friday, the Israeli military reported that an unmanned vehicle crashed into a school in the port city of Eilat, Israel's southernmost city. At the time of the incident, 37 students were in the school's basement. No serious injuries were reported, but one individual suffered from smoke inhalation due to the explosion, and five others were treated for anxiety.
In response to the incident, the Israeli army issued a statement, asserting that it had targeted the organization in Syria responsible for launching the drone. However, the statement lacked specifics regarding the identity of the assailants or details about the specific target struck by the air force.
Initial reports suggested the possibility of the drone originating from Yemen. Nevertheless, analysts examining the drone fragments in photographs of the attack indicated that it was likely an Iranian-made Shahed-101 or a similar model. The Shahed-101 boasts a range of up to 700 kilometers. Given that the distance from the Yemeni border to Eilat is nearly 2,000 kilometers, it becomes apparent that the drone must have originated from a location closer to Israel. Despite this, two main theories persist regarding the launching location of the drone and the group operating it.