Published On: Mon, Aug 26th, 2019

Iran vows retaliation against Israel following drone plot – Israeli forces on high alert | World | News


The Middle East is on high alert after Iran threatened a retaliatory strike against Israel  this week. One senior commander said that Israel’s days were numbered following confirmation of Israel’s attack on an Iranian facility in Syria. Israel launched an attack  on Iranian facilities in Syria on Saturday close to midnight to thwart an “imminent killer drone attack” against the Jewish state. 

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have since released footage claiming to show Iranian forces in Syria preparing to launch the “killer drones”.

In the black and white video, four figures can be seen carrying what is claimed to be drones filled with explosives.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, confirmed that Israeli officials had been monitoring a terrorist plot for several months.

They suspected that Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s secretive Quds force were working with allied Shiite militias to send explosives-laden attack drones into Israel.

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The Iranian Al Quds Force are an elite wing of the Revolutionary Guard and are believed to be operating in Syria and Iraq.

Lt. Col. Conricus said: “We were able to thwart this attack with fighter jets.”

The Israeli airstrike is one of the most intense attacks in recent years on Iranian targets in Syria.

The late-night airstrikes triggered Syrian anti-aircraft fire, since the Iranian facilities were located close to the Damascus area.

He tweeted that he spoke with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday regarding the airstrikes in Syria.

In response to the escalating tensions between Iran and Israel, a leading Iranian military commander issued a threat.

Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force, said: “These insane operations will surely be the last steps of the Zionist regime.”

Mr Soleimani made the remarks after Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah threatened Israel with a counterattack.

Israeli forces in the north reportedly have remained on high alert amid fears of a retaliatory attack.

Mr Netanyahu held an emergency meeting with defence officials early Sunday morning because of the heightened tensions.



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