August 24, 2019 The Israeli military carried out a late-night airstrike near Damascus, Syria on Saturday in what it said was a successful effort. The latest air strike thwarted a “very imminent” Iranian drone strike. Israeli authorities were on alert early Sunday to see how Iran might respond. No special safety instructions have been issued for residents in northern Israel.
IRANIAN DRONE ATTACKS THWARTED
The Associated Press reports Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, said Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ Al Quds force, working with allied Shiite militias, had been planning to send a number of explosives–laden attack drones into Israel. Conricus said the Iranians initially attempted to put the plan into motion on Thursday but were stopped by Israeli forces. The plan was tried again late Saturday, prompting the airstrike.
The New York Times reports the rare announcement of an Israeli strike inside Syria included word of what the Israeli military described as a new Iranian tactic: kamikaze-style unmanned vehicles designed to hit a target and blow up on impact —”killer drones.”
A tweet from the official Twitter account of the IDF Forces on Saturday evening read:
“BREAKING: We just prevented a pending, large-scale attack of multiple killer drones on Israel by striking Iranian Quds Force operatives and Shiite Militia targets in Syria.”
Just hours after Israeli authorities announced the airstrike, a Hezbollah official said an Israeli drone went down over Beirut, and a second drone exploded near the ground before dawn on Sunday, amid regional tensions.
Hezbollah is an Iranian-sponsored, internationally sanctioned terrorist group. The United States designated Hezbollah a terrorist group in 1997. The European Union designated Hezbollah’s military wing as a terrorist organization in 2013 but has so far refrained from adding the political wing to that list.
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