Commander of Iran’s Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili dismissed as “nonsense” recent claims that two Israeli aircraft had entered the Iranian airspace, saying the claims did not merit a response.
Addressing a gathering of air defense forces in Tehran on Monday, Brigadier General Esmaili shrugged off recent reports claiming that two F-35 fighter jets of Israel flew over Syria and Iraq and reached the Iranian airspace.
“In the past days, some nonsense was heard from the enemy’s media outlets about the flights of (Israeli) airplanes over the country that did not merit a response,” he noted.
“However…, if any country does a foolish move and its airplane nears (the Iranian airspace), definitely, the air defense, which is the first front line, will give a crushing response,” the commander added.
He went on to say that such nonsense claims have no place but in the “evil and delusional” media outlets.
The Kuwaiti newspaper, Al-Jarida, widely believed to be an outlet used by Israel to send messages to the Arab world, reported on March 29, “Two (Israeli) Aidr stealth jets flew undetected over Syria and Iraq and snuck into Iranian airspace, flying reconnaissance missions over the Iranian cities Bandar Abbas, Esfahan, and Shiraz.”
Citing an “informed source”, Al-Jarida maintained, “The two jets went undetected by radar, including by the Russian radar system located in Syria.”
An unnamed source affiliated with the Russian Defense Ministry has denied the report. Iraq’s Defense Ministry also denied Israel’s jets had violated its airspace.