Iran on Wednesday threatened revenge for an alleged Israeli attack on Syrian territory earlier in the week that put Aleppo’s main airport out of service, the Associated Press reported.
Speaking at a press conference in Damascus, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said, “The criminal practices by the Zionist entity in the region will not remain without retaliation.”
The strike on Aleppo International Airport on Monday was attributed to Israel by Syrian state media.
Ynet cited a Saudi network as reporting hours after the attack that Israel had destroyed an “Iranian military shipment containing sensitive equipment.”
Israel has allegedly struck hundreds of targets in Syria in recent years as part of an effort to prevent Iranian military entrenchment in the country. However, it rarely acknowledges these incidents.
Meanwhile, there is growing concern that Iran and its proxies, in particular Lebanon’s Hezbollah, will soon launch a major attack on the Jewish state.
While earlier reports suggested Iran does not feel now is the opportune time for war with Israel, preferring to wait until the Jewish state weakens itself further through internal turmoil, recent technological developments might be influencing a shift in Tehran’s timetable.
Israeli arms developer Rafael announced this week that its new missile shield system dubbed “Iron Beam,” but known in Hebrew as Magen Or – Light Shield, will be operational in about one year. In two years’ time, the laser-based system is expected to make all of Israel nearly impervious to missile attacks of any kind.
Hezbollah’s primary threat to the Jewish state is its massive arsenal of short- and medium-range missiles deployed across southern Lebanon. The Iron Beam threatens to make this arsenal almost entirely irrelevant.
With reporting by JNS.
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