Published On: Thu, Oct 31st, 2019

Iran chaos: Israeli air defence systems ‘on alert’ amid fears of imminent attack | World | News

According to the Times of Israel, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) have for weeks been expecting an attack from Iran in retaliation against Israel’s regular airstrikes against its forces in the region. They believe an attack could involve cruise missiles and attack drones.

At a graduation ceremony for air defence officers on Wednesday, Israeli Air Force chief Amikam Norkin claimed “even as we speak” that each of the military air defence systems were “on alert” amid a general threat of attack by Iran.

He said: “The challenge of air defence has become more complicated.

“Joining the threat of missiles and rockets are now attack drones and cruise missiles.”

The IDF has been authorising airstrikes against what the military claims to be Iranian military targets in Syria.

Iran argues it has only been sending military advisers to Syria’s capital Damascus to combat terrorism.

Mr Netanyahu warned on Monday during a news conference with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that Iran was planning to launch precision-guided missiles at Israel from Yemen.

The IDF’s intermediate and long-range air defences are better positioned to intercept incoming attack from Israel’s north, rather than from the south.

In a statement following his meeting with Mr Mnuchin, Mr Netanyahu called Iran an “evil empire”.

“Iran seeks to destroy Israel, it says so openly it works for this incessantly,” he said.

As tensions mount between the two nations, the paper reports that Israeli embassies around the world have increased security over fears that Iran will target a diplomatic mission on foreign soil.

Reports released last week on Israeli Army Radio suggest Israel is “already on high alert for possible attacks” from Iran in retaliation for recent attacks against Tehran’s Middle Eastern allies.

The IDF said Iran appeared to have stepped up drone activities and attacks in recent months.

In August, it claimed that Israeli fighter jets carried out airstrikes in Syria to thwart a planned attack on Israel by Iran-backed fighters using armed drones.

The Israeli military said its strike targeted operatives from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force as well as Shiite militias who had been planning on sending “kamikaze” attack drones into Israel armed with explosives.

In September, a cruise missile and drone attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities knocked out half the kingdom’s oil production.

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the attacks but Britain, the US, France, Germany and Saudi Arabia said all the evidence pointed to Tehran.

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