On Thursday, April 18, the IDF confirmed that an Israeli aircraft crashed in the center of the Gaza Strip earlier this week. It was reported that the crash was caused by a technical malfunction.

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit reported that an operation was conducted to evacuate the aircraft, although its specific type was not disclosed. However, the media corporation's X-blog reported that the crashed aircraft was a Hermes 900 UAV.

The incident is currently under investigation.