JERUSALEM – Israel ratcheted up its rhetoric against Iranian combat drones on Tuesday, revealing two facilities it claims are used to launch maritime strikes with the remote-controlled planes and proposing to work with Arab allies on counter-measures.


Gulf Arab countries share Israel’s concerns about such drones, considering Iran or its allies as a source of aerial attacks against Saudi Arabian commerce and energy facilities. Such charges have been repeatedly refuted by Tehran.

During a military practise on the shores of the Oman Sea in Iran’s coastal district of Balushistan, an Iranian military drone is shot into the air.

“Today, I reveal to you two strategic bases in the area of Chabahar and Qeshm island in south Iran, from which marine operations were launched, and from which advanced Shahed attack drones are deployed today as well,” Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said during a televised security briefing.

Separately, Israel’s air force head advocated working against the drone threat with Arab countries such as the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, with which Israel formalised ties last year.

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