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Gantz names Iranian Guards commanders allegedly behind attack on ship

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Defense Minister Benny Gantz (C) and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (R) addressing foreign ambassadors at the Foreign Ministry, August 4, 2021. (Israel Foreign Ministry
Defense Minister Benny Gantz (C) and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (R) addressing foreign ambassadors at the Foreign Ministry, August 4, 2021. (Israel Foreign Ministry

Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid reveal to ambassadors of countries on the UN Security Council the names of the IRGC commanders he says are responsible for the recent UAV attacks on civilian shipping.

“Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC’s Air Force, is behind dozens of terror attacks in the region employing UAVs and missiles,” says Gantz.

“For the first time ever, I will also expose the man who is directly responsible for the launch of suicide UAVs – his name is Saeed Ara Jani and he is the head of the IRGC’s UAV Command. The UAV command conducted the attack on Mercer Street. Saeed Ara Jani plans and provides the training and equipment to conduct terror attacks in the region,” he says.

“This is an attack on the world’s trade routes. This is an attack on freedom of movement,” Lapid says. “This is an international crime.”

“What is the international community going to do about it?” he continues. “Is there still such a thing as international law? And does the world have the ability and willpower to enforce it the law? If the answer is yes, the world should act now.”

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