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Iran 'will arm Palestinians' after it shoots down Israel spy drone over Iran

Published on Aug 25, 2014 6:22 PM
A picture taken on July 29, 2014, shows an Israeli UAV flying over the Gaza strip. An Iranian military commander said on Monday, Aug 25, 2014, that Teheran will "accelerate" arming Palestinians, after an Israeli spy drone was shot down in Iran. -- PHOTO: AFP

TEHERAN (AFP) - Teheran will "accelerate" arming Palestinians in retaliation for Israel deploying a spy drone over Iran, which was shot down, a military commander said on Monday.

"We will accelerate the arming of the West Bank and we reserve the right to give any response," said General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, commander of aerial forces of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, in a statement on their official website

Iran, which does not recognise the existence of Israel, has confirmed it supplied Palestinian fighters from Hamas and the Islamic Jihad with the technology for the rockets being fired relentlessly into Israel from Gaza since July 8.

Iran's warning comes a day after the Guards said they had brought down an Israeli "Hermes" stealth drone above the Natanz uranium enrichment site in the centre of the country.

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