HERZLIYA, Israel (Reuters) – Israel’s defence minister accused Iran on Sunday of offering international militias with drone coaching at an airbase close to the town of Isfahan, a month after Tehran got here beneath world scrutiny over a suspected drone assault on an Israeli-managed tanker off Oman.
Israel has mixed army strikes with diplomatic strain to beat again what it describes as an effort by its arch-foe, whose nuclear negotiations with the West are deadlocked, to beef up regional clout via allied guerrillas.
In what his workplace described as a brand new disclosure, Defence Minister Benny Gantz mentioned Iran was utilizing Kashan airbase north of Isfahan to coach “terror operatives from Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon in flying Iranian-made UAVs (unmanned aerial automobiles)”.
Iran was additionally making an attempt to “switch know-how that might enable the manufacturing of UAVs within the Gaza Strip,” on Israel’s southern border, Gantz advised a convention at Reichman College close to Tel Aviv.
His workplace offered what it mentioned had been satellite tv for pc pictures displaying UAVs on the runways at Kashan. There was no instant remark from Iran.
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A July 29 blast aboard the Mercer Road, a Liberian-flagged, Japanese-owned petroleum product tanker managed by Israeli-owned Zodiac Maritime, close to the mouth of the Gulf, a key oil transport route, killed two crew – a Briton and a Romanian.
The U.S. army mentioned explosives consultants from the Ronald
Reagan plane provider – which deployed to help the Mercer
Road – concluded the explosion was from a drone produced in Iran, which was accused by different world powers within the assault.
Iran has denied involvement.
(Writing by Dan Williams;Modifying by Elaine Hardcastle)
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