Published: Sun, August 25, 2019

Israel hits Iranian force in Syria to stop ‘killer drones’, says military

Israel hits Iranian force in Syria to stop ‘killer drones’, says military

An Israeli military spokesperson had said on Saturday that an Israeli aircraft on Saturday struck Iranian forces near Damascus that had been planning to launch "killer drones" at targets in Israel.

Witnesses in Damascus said they heard and saw explosions in the sky.

A senior official with the Shiite militias at the time told The Associated Press that the base housed advisers from Iran and Lebanon - a reference to the Iranian-backed Lebanese Hezbollah terror group.

The information circulated in some foreign media outlets that the U.S. transports Israeli drones to Azerbaijan to attack Iraq and Iran is completely unfounded and false, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry told Trend.

The comments by al-Maliki, who was prime minister for eight years and now heads a Shiite bloc in parliament, follow fiery threats to the United States made hours earlier by the powerful Hezbollah Brigades, an Iran-backed militia.

The Syrian conflict has killed more than 370,000 people and drawn in world powers since it started with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.

Military spokesman Conricus said Israel held both Iran and Syria responsible for the planned drone attack, noting that forces in northern Israel were on "elevated readiness to respond to any development".

Since the beginning of the war in Syria in 2011, Israel has conducted hundreds of strikes in Syria, a lot of them against what it says are Iranian and Hezbollah targets.

Initially they said the nature of the blast in the Moawwad neighborhood was not immediately clear, but said it might have been caused by an Israeli drone that went down in the area amid Israeli air activity in neighboring Syria.

"Iran has no immunity anywhere", Netanyahu said.

Conricus said Iran had actually tried Thursday to mount an attack against Israel using the drones. Syrian state TV said the country's air defenses intercepted most of the missiles.

"Force operatives and Shiite militias which were preparing to advance attack plans targeting sites in Israel from within Syria over the last number of days", the military said in a statement. Israel considers Iran to be its greatest enemy and has repeatedly vowed that it will not allow Iran to establish a permanent military presence in Syria, where Iranian troops have been fighting in support of President Bashar Assad during the country's eight-year civil war. "Our forces operate in every sector against the Iranian aggression", he said on Twitter.

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