JERUSALEM, March 15 (Xinhua) -- An Israeli military drone crashed over the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, an army spokesperson said.
The reason for the crash was not immediately clear, but the spokesperson said that the military is checking if a technical malfunction was the cause.
"Earlier today, an Israel Defense Forces' Skylark Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) fell over the Gaza Strip," read the military's released statement.
"The UAV was engaged in routine security activity in the neighborhood of Shuja'iyya in the northern Gaza Strip," the statement said.
It is not the first time an Israeli drone falls over Gaza.
Last September, Israel shot down a drone from Gaza which Hamas claimed belonged to it by intercepting an Israeli Skylark, still functioning after being intercepted by Hamas' military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.
Also in February, an airforce fighter jet intercepted a drone launched by Hamas militants.
The drone was shot down above the coastline of Gaza before it entered Israeli airspace, according to the military.
Israel occupied the Gaza Strip and the West Bank in the 1967 Mideast War which it has been controlling ever since.