Sunday, August 25, 2019

Israel hits Iranian force in Syria to stop 'killer drones' - military

JERUSALEM/DAMASCUS, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Israeli aircraft on Saturday struck Iranian forces near Damascus that had been planning to launch "killer drones" at targets in Israel, an Israeli military spokesman said. 
"The strike targeted Iranian Quds 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. The elite Quds Force is the overseas arm of Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). 
Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus told reporters the forces on Thursday had been preparing to launch "killer drones" armed with explosives at northern Israel. 
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the military had thwarted the planned Iranian attack. 
"Iran has no immunity anywhere. Our forces operate in every sector against the Iranian aggression," he said on Twitter. Syrian state media said Syrian air defences intercepted "hostile targets" over Damascus, the capital, Saturday night. 
Witnesses in Damascus said they heard and saw explosions in the sky.

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