Tel Aviv (dpa) - Israel's military has reportedly shelled targets in Syria to prevent an attack with Iranian "killer drones" on its territory.
Israel's air force has attacked a village called Akraba southeast of Damascus, Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus told reporters Sunday night.
According to Israeli information, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Al-Kuds unit has planned to use drones to attack targets in northern Israel. These types of drones were loaded with explosives and worked like rockets, he said. Hold Iran and Syria responsible. The incident takes place just under three weeks before the Israeli parliamentary election.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: "We have made a great effort to prevent an attack on Israel by the Iranian Kudos unit and Shia militias." He affirmed, "Iran enjoys nowhere immunity." Netanyahu quoted the principle, "If someone gets up to kill you, kill him first." Israel will "continue to take resolute and responsible action against Iran and its allies" to ensure its own security.
"We have met several terrorist targets of the Al-Kuds unit and Shia militia," said army spokesman Conricus. There had already been a similar attack attempt by the Iranian side on Thursday. At present, the Israeli army is on high alert "to respond to any event," Conricus said. "We will take action against anyone who wants to attack Israeli targets."
Israeli media reported that the army deployed batteries of the Iron Dome (iron dome) missile defense system in the north of the country to ward off possible counterattacks.
The Israeli army attacks targets in the neighboring civil war country again and again, but this is rarely officially. According to observers, the bombing is directed against Iranian forces. Israel wants to prevent its archenemy from establishing itself militarily in Syria. The government in Tehran is closely allied with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Iran supports many militias fighting alongside government forces during the civil war.
A recent report by the New York Times has also fueled rumors of Israeli air strikes on Iran-loyal militias in Iraq. The newspaper reported that Israel had several times attacked Iran-loyal armed groups in Iraq.
A base bombed in mid-July served, according to the report, Iran's Revolutionary Guards for arms deliveries to Syria. The attack was carried out from Iraq. At that time the Iraqi army had reported a drone attack on the camp. There were also Iranian military advisers, it was said.
In recent weeks, explosions have occurred in four Iraqi weapons depots, the cause of which has been officially unclear. Only on Tuesday, a detonation about 80 kilometers north of the capital Baghdad at least two people were killed. A leading militia representative accused the US of bringing and deploying Israeli drones to Iraq.
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