Iran denies targets hit in Syria
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Aug 26, 2019,
Aug 26, 2019, 0:46
He said Sunday that the developments overnight constitute a threat to regional stability and an attempt to push the situation toward more escalation.
Conricus, however, said the impact of the Israeli strikes was "significant".
"A while later, a second one appeared and attacked one of our sites; it was a suicide drone" Nasrallah said.
He described the drone aggression on Lebanese soil as the first aggression after the 2006 war, underlining "we will defend Lebanon airspace".
The Syrian forces said in a statement that "the majority of the Israeli missiles were destroyed before reaching their targets".
Israel said the raid was aimed at thwarting an "Iranian drone attack" on northern Israel.
That 33-day war killed 1,200 in Lebanon and 160 in Israel. He described the "killer drones" - created to slam into targets - as highly accurate.
The twin attacks in Damascus and Beirut take the two belligerents closer to what analysts and leaders in each camp have warned would be a devastating war.
"If someone rises up to kill you, kill him first", Netanyahu said on Twitter, alluding to a Talmud passage justifying self-defense.
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Israeli aircraft on Saturday struck Iranian forces near Damascus that were allegedly planning to launch armed drones at targets in Israel, an Israeli military spokesperson said.
He said it was the first clear risky breach of rules of engagement since the two sides fought a month-long war in 2006.
Residents in Dahyeh said they had heard the sound of a blast. A witness said the army closed off the streets where a fire had started.
"We did not shoot down or explode any of the drones", Afif told The Associated Press.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said the drones aimed to stir up regional tensions.
In June 2016, Israel launched Operation Good Neighbour to provide humanitarian aid to civilian victims of the conflict but in September a year ago, the IDF announced the operation would be closed due to the return of Mr al-Assad's government to power in the south of Syria. Russia, which also aids Assad, has largely turned a blind eye to the Israeli air strikes.
Iran also has wide sway in Iraq.
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 US forces and carry out missions on Iraqi territory.
Netanyahu has hinted of possible Israeli involvement in attacks against Iranian-linked targets in Iraq.
Conricus said Israel had monitored the plot for several months and on Thursday prevented Iran from making an "advanced attempt" to execute the same plan.