The Israel Defense Forces struck a suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus, destroying an Iranian drone assembly facility. Monitoring group SOHR and The Jerusalem Post report this.
SOHR sources reported that at least eight people died as a result of the strike. According to their data, three people of “non-Syrian nationality” and two Syrians associated with “Hezballoy” were killed at a factory for the production of Iranian drones, near the Sayeda-Zeinab area, three more Syrians were killed in air defense positions at the Al-Maza air base.
صور لمكان للخدمة يسرايلي في معتين مدينة الصيدة زينب بريف دمشق. pic.twitter.com/CybZvwLmY3
— Nour Abo Hasan (@nourabohsn) July 21, 2022
Local media note that as a result of the airstrike, military bases where Iranian forces are stationed were also attacked.
In July, the US authorities announced that Russia wanted to buy several hundred drones from Iran, including combat ones, to use them in the war in Ukraine. US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan noted that Washington does not yet know if Tehran sent drones to Moscow. He specified that the USA has “information” indicating that Iran is preparing to train the Russian military to use its UAVs.
Sullivan also noted that Iran provided similar drones to Yemen’s Houthi rebels to attack Saudi Arabia until a ceasefire was reached in the region.
The official representative of the State Department, Ned Price, threatened Iran with sanctions if it handed over drones to Russia. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia called Washington’s assumptions about a deal with Iran a preposterous and ridiculous statement. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran also denies this information.