Israel accuses Iran of training terrorist cells to use drones

On Sunday, the Israeli Defence Minister accused Iran of training foreign terrorist cells at an airbase north of Isfahan in handling drones.

Tehran is suspected of the July 29 drone attack on Mercer Street, an oil tanker owned by the Israeli Zodiac Maritime Group, off the coast of Oman, which killed two crew members, a Briton and a Romanian.

During a conference at the Reichman University in Tel Aviv, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz accused Iran of training “terrorist cells from Yemen, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon in the handling of Iranian-made drones” at the Kashan airbase.

According to him, Iran would try to “transfer the know-how necessary for the manufacture of drones in the Gaza bank”.

The Ministry of Defense has produced what it says are satellite images of drones on the tarmac in Kashan.

An alleged satellite photograph of the Iranian base that Defense Minister, Benny Gantz, says is used to advanced drones, September 12, 2021.
An alleged satellite photograph of the Iranian base that Defense Minister, Benny Gantz, says Iranian used to advanced drones, September 12, 2021. ©Defense Ministry

According to the Times of Isreal, Gantz said: “I call on all of the countries that are still party to the nuclear agreement to put in place the permanent sanctions that are in the deal. This is the time for a ‘snapback,’”. Referring to economic penalties that the other signatories to the deal — China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom — are allowed to put in place in cases of clear violations of the agreement.

There was no immediate reaction from Iranian authorities.

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