Published: Mon, August 26, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

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

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

Hezbollah has denied shooting down the drones that were flying over one of their strongholds in the city.

A war monitor said on Sunday that two members of Tehran-backed Lebanese militia Hezbollah and one Iranian were killed in the strikes.

"The aggression was immediately confronted and so far the majority of the enemy Israeli missiles have been destroyed before reaching their targets", the source said.

In February 2018, Israel's military shot down an Iranian drone which was said to have penetrated Israeli airspace.

He did not disclose what measures Israel took that day.

"The threat was significant and these killer drones were capable of striking targets with significant capacity".

In recent days, US officials have said that Israeli strikes have also hit Iranian targets in Iraq.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said of the attack, "In a major operational effort, we have thwarted an attack against Israel by the Iranian Quds force and Shiite militias".

"If someone rises up to kill you, kill him first", Netanyahu said on Twitter, alluding to a Talmud passage justifying self-defense.

Israel's military said in the early hours of Sunday morning that its fighter jets had attacked targets in Syria on Saturday in order to prevent what it described as a "very imminent" drone attack launched by Iran.

Hezbollah and Israel fought a monthlong war in 2006.

An AFP correspondent in Damascus heard several large explosions before Sana announced the defensive action. A witness said the army shut the streets where a fire had started. A Hezbollah spokesman told Lebanon's state news agency NNA the second drone was rigged with explosives causing serious damage to the media center.

Hezbollah is now examining the first drone, he said. "The time when Israeli aircraft come and bombard parts of Lebanon is over".

"Last Night", the tweet said, "'We will carry out a large-scale attack of killer drones on the "Zionist entity" from Syria.' It sounded good in your morning meeting, didn't it?" Russia, which is also aiding Assad, has largely turned a blind eye to the Israeli airstrikes.

Iran also has wide sway in Iraq.

Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), a grouping of Iraq's mostly Shi'ite Muslim paramilitary groups, many of which are backed by Iran, on Wednesday blamed recent blasts at their weapons depots and bases on the United States and Israel.

On Wednesday, the PMF, the umbrella grouping of Iraq's mostly Shi'ite Muslim paramilitary groups, said the United States had allowed four Israeli drones to enter the region accompanying USA forces and carry out missions on Iraqi territory.

Netanyahu has hinted of possible Israeli involvement in attacks against Iranian-linked targets in Iraq.

There was no immediate Israeli comment on the drone incident or Hezbollah's remarks. Israel views Iran as its greatest threat and has said it will not tolerate a permanent Iranian presence in Syria or the transfer of advanced weapons to Hezbollah.

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