By ARIE EGOZI
Tel Aviv: Israeli Defence Minister, Benny Gantz revealed November 23 that Iran attempted to transfer explosives from Syria to terrorists based in Judea and Samaria, using an unmanned aircraft.
Speaking at the Security and Policy Conference held at Reichman University, Defense Minister Benny Gantz also exposed two bases in southern Iran, Chabahar and Qeshm, that were used to launch UAV attacks on maritime targets and were storing Shahed type UAVs.
Minister Gantz added that Iran is also operating outside the region, transferring oil and weapons to Venezuela, operating its Quds Forces in South America and trying to infiltrate its influence into Afghanistan.
“Iranian terrorism is exported under the directive of Khamenei and the regime’s top leaders. One of their key tools is UAVs – a precise weapon that can reach strategic targets within thousands of kilometres. As such, this capability is already endangering Sunni countries, international forces in the Middle East and countries in Europe and Africa.”
Minister Gantz further elaborating revealed that “In February 2018, Iran launched a Shahed m141 type UAV from T4 airport in Syria, which carried TNT explosives. The UAV was intercepted near Beit She’an in Israel and its destination was, according to our assessments, terror operatives in Judea and Samaria. Iran not only uses UAVs to attack, but also to deliver weapons to its proxies.”