Israel Defence Force using Helium Balloons

The Israel Defence Force (IDF) uses helium-filled balloon to overlook the Gaza Strip from several hundred miles in the air. On the ground below are balloon operators, sergeant Afek Avivi, and corporal Nadav Dayan. At the bottom of the balloon is a powerful camera, capable of photographing up to several miles inside the Strip. The photos are then sent to the operation rooms of the Southern Brigade, where they are constantly viewed by lookouts. This is just one of several means of observation employed by the IDF across the Gaza Strip – north to south, east to the sea.

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