TEHRAN—Iran announced that its Revolutionary Guard Forces Corps on Sunday downed an Israeli drone near a uranium enriching facility in central Iran. Sources said that the drone was launches from a military base in Nakhichevan, indicating Baku’s involvement in the mission.
The news of the drone’s provenance from Nakhichevan was also confirmed by sources close to DEBKAfile, an Israeli military intelligence website based in Jerusalem.
Iran’s military did not officially identify Azerbaijan as the point of origin of the drone, but said that they have confirmation that the drone was launched from a former Soviet republic.
In a statement on Sunday, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said it had successfully intercepted and shot down an Israeli spy drone by a surface-to-air missile, known as Hermes 450. The aircraft was on its way toward the Natanz nuclear facility in Iran’s central province of Isfahan, reported the Fars news agency.
On Wednesday, Fars reported, that the Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces, Gen. Masoud Jazayeri said the country whence the drone originated must make “compensatory actions” or else be publicly named.
Jazayeri also said that Iran will take decisive action and hinted that in retaliation for what he called Israel’s infringement on its territorial integrity “the Islamic Republic of Iran will respond to the enemy in the occupied territories [Palestinian territories].”
Iran’s foreign ministry said that Iran would pursue the matter within international organizations.
Official Baku has not commented on the matter.