The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Sunday released footage of what it said was a failed attempt by pro-Iranian operatives to launch an explosives-laden drone into northern Israel from Syria last Thursday.
Late Saturday night, the Israeli Air Force bombed a compound in central Syria that the IDF said was used by the pro-Iranian fighters as their base of operations, after they tried to launch attack drones a second time.
In the video, four men can be seen carrying the drone as they walk through fields, which the IDF said was near the Syrian town of Erneh, across from the Israeli Golan Heights. The IDF refused to comment on what type of drone the Iranian operatives were using.
Israel’s military said it foiled the attempt to launch the unmanned aerial vehicle, but declined to specify how. They said the failed drone attack was part of a plot by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force (IRGC) to target military installations and national infrastructure in northern Israel from Syria.
Meanwhile, there were reports on Sunday that two Israeli drones hit Hezbollah missile making sites in Beirut, where high-end machinery used for the production of precision guided missiles was targeted.
The specific targets were an “industrial planetary mixer,” eight tonnes in size, used for the production of solid fuel propellant for precision guided missiles, as well as an electronic control system for the machine held in a separate crate.
Separately, one Iranian and two fighters from Hezbollah were killed in an airstrike in Aqraba, south-east of Damascus late on Saturday night. Israel’s military confirmed that they carried out the strike in Syria, which targeted a “killer drone facility” run by Iran’s Quds force.