Iran hails 'success' of attack on Israel during military parade

AFP , Wednesday 17 Apr 2024

Iran celebrated the "success" of its weekend drone and missile attack on Israel as it staged an annual military parade on Wednesday.

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Iranian soldiers take part in a military parade during a ceremony marking the country s annual army day in the capital Tehran on April 17, 2024.AFP

 

The Islamic Republic launched its first-ever direct attack on Israel on Saturday in response to an April 1 air strike on its consulate in Damascus which has been widely blamed on Israel.

The operation dubbed Honest Promise "brought down the glory of the Zionist regime", President Ebrahim Raisi said at a military base on the outskirts of Tehran.

"This operation showed that our armed forces are ready," he said in a speech addressed to the regular army and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Wednesday's parade saw the Iranian armed forces showcase a range of military equipment including drones and long-range ballistic missiles.

Israel has vowed to respond to the weekend attack, with military spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari saying Iran would not get off "scot-free".

Raisi on Wednesday reiterated warnings against "the slightest act of aggression" by Israel, saying it would lead to "a fierce and severe response".

The Israeli army said the vast majority of the projectiles fired by Iran were shot down -- with the help of the United States and other allies -- and that the attack caused only minimal damage.

Iran insists the attack was limited and carried out in "self-defense" following the strike on its consulate in the Syrian capital.

The strike leveled the five-story consular annex of the Iranian embassy in Damascus and killed seven Revolutionary Guards, two of them generals.

In his speech, Raisi also hit out at countries that had "sought to normalize relations" with Israel.

"These countries are now humiliated in front of their own people which constitutes a strategic failure for the regime" of Israel, he added.

 

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