BEIRUT / JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said that two dark Israelites who had been defeated in Iran by the Hezbollah had been set up to awaken regional tensions.
PHOTO FILE: Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri is seen at the meeting to discuss a draft policy statement at the government palace in Beirut, Lebanon 6 February, 2019. REUTERS / Aziz Taher / File Photo
In the first such incident for over ten years, a second drill fell and rested before the dawn close to the ground and damaged Hezbollah's media center in the Dahiyeh suburbs to the south, told Hezbollah official for Reuters.
“The new attack … is a threat to regional stability and an attempt to push the case towards further tension,” Hariri said in a statement from his office.
Israel's military refused to comment.
The hour-long incident took place after Israel's military said its aircraft met Iran's forces and Shiite missiles near the capital of Damascus Syria, saying it intended to launch “killer drones” into Israel.
War monitoring of the Syrian Human Rights Observatory said that two members of Hezbollah and one Iran were killed in the Israeli strikes around Damascus.
The Israeli military said its aircraft met “Iran's Quds Force workers and Shiite militia who were preparing to promote attack plans targeting sites in Israel within Syria in recent days”.
The minority of Quds Force is the overseas arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Garda Corps of Iran (IRGC).
“Iran has no exemption anywhere. Our forces operate in all sectors against Iranian aggression, ”said Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Twitter. “If someone rises up to kill you, kill it first.”
In Tehran, a senior revolutionary Garda commander denied that Iranian targets were hit in Israel's air strikes in Syria, a semi-official news agency ILNA reported.
Israel believes that Lebanon's greatest threat to the Heibollah Shiite movement, supported by Iran, is the greatest threat across the border. In 2006 they fought a month long war in which almost 1,200 people, mostly civilians, died in Lebanon and 158 people died in Israel, mostly soldiers.
Lebanon has complained to the United Nations about Israeli aircraft that infringe its airspace in recent years.
Dahiyeh residents said they had heard blast sound. A witness said the army had closed off the streets where fire had started. Hezbollah spokesman told the Lebanese state NNA state agency that the second drone was run with explosives causing serious damage to the media center.
Hezbollah is now examining the first drone, he said. The Lebanese army said that one drone dropped Israel and another exploded at 2:30 am local time (2330 GMT), with only material damage done.
“The army came immediately and they left the area where the two drops fell,” he said.
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah intends to give a speech on television later on Sunday.
Israel has boomed due to the increasing influence of its regional Iranian foal during the neighboring war in Syria, where Tehran and Hezbollah provide military assistance to Damascus.
Israel says that its force made hundreds of strikes in Syria against what it calls Iran's targets and transfers to Hezbollah.
Iran and Hezbollah are helping President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian war eight years of age. Russia, who is also helping Assad, has spent a blind eye on Israel's air strikes t
Netanyahu said that the Syrian strikes on Saturday affected Iranian's planned attack in Israel.
The state of the Syrian state said that air defenses were facing the "attack" and the army said that most of the missiles of Israel were destroyed.
The US and Iran are in conflict with the Tehran and Gulf nuclear program, and both sides are trading allegations of threats to the strategic security of the waterway.
Iran also has a wide walk in Iraq.
Iraqi paramilitary groups on Wednesday blamed a series of recent blasts by their depots and their army base on the United States and Israel.
The Common Mobility Forces (PMF), a grouping of mainly Muslim paramilitary groups in Iraq, many of which are supported by Iran, said that the United States had allowed four Israeli tribes to enter the region that were in US forces and missions make Iraq a territory.
Netanyahu pointed out that Israel could be involved in attacks against Iraq-linked targets in Iraq.
On the YNet Ioset news website, military commentator Ron Ben-Yishai described the drone assault plans of Iran as a blight by Tehran from the Israeli purported drone strikes in Iraq.
Amos Yadlin, former leader of Israel's military intelligence, said that Iran and Israel were not interested in the outbreak of war.
“We are not there yet,” he said on Radio Israel. “But sometimes someone makes a mistake.”
Additional reporting by Lisa Barrington, Leila Bassam, Ellen Francis, Stephen Farrell, Maayan Lubell and Kinda Makieh and Samar Hassan; Writing with Michael Georgy; Edited by Angus MacSwan
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