Iranian website Press TV has quoted a a senior Iranian MP as saying that the Islamic Republic of Iran is in possession of the intelligence data on Israeli secret sites obtained by Hezbollah’s Iranian made drone Ayoub, which recently flew over Israel.
“These aircraft transmit their images online and we are now in possession of the images of Israeli secret sites,” Deputy Head of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Esmail Kowsari said on Sunday.
Lebanon Minister Nazem Khoury who represents president Michel Suleiman in the cabinet told Voice of Lebanon on Saturday that “Hezbollah’s Ayoub drone was a big surprise to all of us in Lebanon including the president “. He added: President Suleiman made his comments on this basis and that is “it is necessary to adopt a clear defense strategy that would spare us from the futile discussions whenever Hezbollah does something controversial.”
Under Suleiman’s proposal, Hezbollah would be allowed to keep its weapons, but the decision to use them will be only by the Lebanese government and under the command of the Lebanese army.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Hezbollah’s drone launch into Israeli airspace a “reckless provocation” in a report submitted October 18 to the Security Council.
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri criticized Hezbollah’s decision to send a drone into Israel, describing it as an “uncalculated adventure.”
“I welcome President Michel Suleiman’s approach that reflects deep concern that is shared by all of the Lebanese with regard to the uncalculated adventures Hezbollah wants to drag Lebanon into,” Hariri said in a statement issued to An-Nahar newspaper on October 14.
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