Iran vows to supply Palestinians with large amount of missiles and ammunition to strike IsraelBy Mason White 4:10 PM August 27, 2014
|Large missile from Iran intercepted by Israel|
By: Ze’ev Ben-Yechiel
Just hours after a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas went into effect, the Iranian government vowed to supply Palestinians with missiles and ammunition, the Tazpit News Agency reported.
On Sunday, Iran claimed that it shot down an Israeli spy drone over its airspace.
“We will accelerate the arming of the West Bank and we reserve the right to give any response,” said General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh in a statement on Sepah News, the official website of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).
Hajizadeh, the elite unit’s commander of aerial forces, issued the statement in response to the alleged violation of Iranian airspace by the drone, which Iran claims it shot down near its Natanz nuclear site.
Following the incident, the Guards said that the drone was an Israeli-made Hermes 450, a model whose flight range would have allowed it to reach the area. Video of the wreckage was broadcast on Iranian television, and the Foreign Ministry condemned what it saw as a “flagrant violation” of its territorial integrity.
“The Armed Forces, including the IRGC and the Army, are fully prepared to trace and intercept [hostile flying objects] and if such moves are repeated, the aggressors will receive our crushing response,” warned Hajizadeh in Monday’s statement.
“We will accelerate the arming of the West Bank, and we think we are entitled to give any response [to the recent aggression] which we deem appropriate,” he added.
Iran has long been seen as a major weapons supplier to Hamas. Numerous medium and long-range rockets from Syria and Iran, have found their way into Gaza, where the terror group has launched some them at Israeli civilians.