Iranian drone launched from Syria was on attack mission, Israel says

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi

"It was the first time we attacked live Iranian targets - both facilities and people", the unnamed Israeli military source told New York Times columnist Tom Friedman.

Israel has warned that Iran's Revolutionary Guard may be planning an air attack in retaliation for a suspected Israeli strike which killed seven Iranians at an airbase in Syria earlier this month.

Friedman described the seven Iranians killed as members of the Qods Force, a branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps that oversees operations overseas, and one of them as a commander of a drone unit.

'Israel will react strongly to any Iranian action from inside Syria, ' senior IDF source told Sky News according to JPost. Israel per longstanding policy, has not publicly claimed responsibility.

Israeli officials said the drone, which the IDF found had been weaponized and on an offensive mission, was launched from T4.

The source also commented on the downing of an Iranian drone in February.

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"The Zionist entity will sooner or later receive the necessary response and will regret its misdeeds" Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said according to Iranian news media, adding that "the Syrian and resistance forces will respond in a timely fashion and appropriately in the region".

Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said in a statement that the terrorist team from inside Pakistan attacked the watchtower belonging to the Iranian Border Guard at 01:30 a.m. local time on Tuesday in the town of Mirjaveh in the southeastern province of Sistan-and-Baluchestan.

Israel shot down an Iranian explosives-laden drone after it breached Israel airspace from Syrian territory.

Security officials believe that the national events this week - Memorial Day and Independence Day - would pose too great a temptation for Iran to attempt to attack Israel for Tehran to resist.

An Israeli Air Force F-15 fighter jet.

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