Iran shows new drone ‘Gaza’ to intimidate Israel in Israeli-Palestinian truce

The Palestinian-Israeli truce came into effect on Friday (21). On the same day, Iran displayed a homemade long-range combat drone, named “Gaza” to “commemorate” the Palestinians’ struggle against Israel, with a reported range of 2,000 kilometers.

The IRGC said the new drone is capable of flying for 35 hours and carrying 13 bombs and 500 kilograms of electronic equipment, according to IINA.

According to the IRGC website, the unit’s commander, Hossein Salami, said the new drone was named “Gaza” (GAZA) in honor of “the people in the land today who are fighting against the Zionist (Israeli) invasion and aggression. aggression” in the land today.

Iran has a large missile and drone program and considers such weapons an important deterrent and retaliatory force in warfare against the United States and other adversaries.

Although Palestinian extremist groups in Gaza, including Hamas, often praise Iran for its financial and military support, usually Tehran does not publicly confirm its weapons supplies.

But Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, acknowledged last year that Tehran had supplied weapons to the Palestinians.

Iran also appears to have played a major role in this year’s Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that the drone shot down by the IDF on Tuesday was Iranian-made and equipped with explosives and was launched by Iranian forces from Syria or Iraq into Israel.

This is the second time Iran has sent an armed drone into Israel. In 2018, a drone flew from Syria into northern Israel before being shot down by an Israeli helicopter. In response, the IDF launched a wave of attacks on Iranian assets in Syria.

Netanyahu harshly condemned Iran for providing support and technical assistance to terrorist groups throughout the Middle East, including the Palestinian Islamic Extremist Group, which receives most of its funding from Tehran. That also includes Hamas, which also receives weapons and other help from the Islamic Republic.

Netanyahu stressed that Iran provides fundamental support for the operation of those extremist groups.