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Iranian General Says Iran Now Has “Specially Designed” Drones for Attacking Haifa and Tel Aviv

A view of a drone during a military exercise in an undisclosed location in Iran, in this handout image obtained on August 24, 2022. Photo: Iranian Army/WANA (West Asia News Agency)/Handout via Reuters
A view of a drone during a military exercise in an undisclosed location in Iran, in this handout image obtained on August 24, 2022. Photo: Iranian Army/WANA (West Asia News Agency)/Handout via Reuters

Iran has “specially designed” a drone capable of attacking Israel’s largest coastal cities, an Iranian general said on Monday.

The suicide drone was identified by Brigadier General Kioumars Heydari, who commands the ground forces of the Iranian army, as “Arash 2” during a television interview, Iran’s Mehr News Agency reported.

“He noted that [the] drone was specially designed for attacking Haifa and Tel Aviv, adding that it is a unique drone made for that purpose,” the semi-official outlet added.

The comments come amid doubts over the possible revival of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. Iranian officials — from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on down — have repeatedly threatened to attack Tel Aviv and Haifa to deter action by Israel, which has pledged to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. In June, Heydari said Iran “will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground by the order of the supreme leader” should Israel make “any mistake.”

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