During the conference, Defense Minister detailed several purported instances of Iran's operational use of UAVs
Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced during a conference on Tuesday that Iran allegedly attempted to smuggle explosives into the West Bank using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
Gantz delivered his remarks at the newly named Reichman University (formerly IDC Herzliya) in Israel during a briefing on the security challenges Iran poses to the world.
“Iran attempted to transfer explosives from Syria to terrorists in Judea and Samaria using unmanned aircraft,” the minister alleged, using an alternative name for the West Bank.
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Gantz went on to detail several purported instances of the operational use of UAVs by Iran and its proxies, including the July attack on the merchant vessel Mercer Street, which killed a Romanian and a British citizen.
Iran’s government officially denies its involvement in the incident.
The minister alleged Iran attempted to use UAVs for transit of explosives into the West Bank during a previous operation.
“In February 2018, Iran launched a UAV from the T4 airbase in Syria, carrying TNT explosives,” Gantz continued.
“The UAV (was) intercepted near Beit She'an, and its destination was, to our understanding, terrorist elements in Judea and Samaria,” the minister explained, adding that Iran also employs UAVs to “carry out weapons transfers to its emissaries.”