Defense Minister Benny Gantz says Tehran is using an air base to train “agents from Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon” to fly UAVs.
Iran offers foreign fighters drone training at air base near the city of Isfahan, Israel’s defense minister claims a month after Tehran came under worldwide scrutiny over a suspected drone attack on an Israeli-operated tanker , from Oman.
In what his office described as a new revelation, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Sunday that Iran was using the Kashan air base north of Isfahan to train terrorist operatives from Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon in flying UAVs. manufactured by Iran [unmanned aerial vehicles]”.
Tehran has also sought to “impart knowledge that enables the production of UAVs in the Gaza Strip”, on the southern border of Israel, Gantz said at a conference at Reichman University near Tel Aviv.
His office provides satellite imagery of UAVs on the runways at Kashan. There were no immediate comments from Iran.
Israel has combined military attacks with diplomatic pressure to return what they describe as an attempt by its arch-enemy, whose core negotiations with the West are at a deadlock, to intensify local power through allies.
On an explosion on July 29 aboard Mercer Street, a tanker with petroleum products marked in Liberia, operated by the Israeli Zodiac Maritime, near the mouth of the Gulf, a major oil transportation route, two crew members – a Briton and a Romanian.
The U.S. military says explosives from the Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier – which was deployed to help Mercer Street – concluded that the bomber struck shortly after noon in front of an Iraqi police recruiting center at Kisak, west of Baghdad. .
Iran denies involvement.