IDF confirms that drone was loaded with explosives for terror attack; Haley at UN: Israel rightly took action to defend itself.
The Iranian drone that the IDF downed in February was armed with explosives for a terror attack on Israel.
The IDF confirmed reports weeks following the incident, it stating “An analysis of the flight path and operational and intelligence research performed on parts of the Iranian UAV that entered our territory on February 10 shows it carried explosive material and its mission was to carry out a destructive operation.”
The IDF destroyed the drone shortly after it entered Israeli airspace, the IDF confirming “The drone’s interception by Israeli combat helicopters prevented the attack Iran had hoped to carry out. The Iranian aircraft was under Israeli defense systems’ surveillance until it was shot down and at no time during its flight in Israeli skies did it pose a threat.”
United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, addressed the event during the United Nations Security Council, the first country aside from Israel to address the aggression in a public forum. She stated on Saturday, “Earlier this week, Iranian-backed militias in southern Syria launched a drone into Israeli territory. It was an egregious and unprompted escalation.”
She added “The drone flight this week is a wake-up call for all of us. Iran and Hezbollah are making plans to stay in Syria. Iran was once again doing what it does, risking conflict and testing the will of its neighbors and opponents to resist its aggression. Israel rightly took action to defend itself.” She assured Israel and the Council that “The United States will always stand by our ally when confronted with provocations from Iran, Hezbollah, or the Assad regime.”
Photo: IDF footage of the drone strike, 2018.