IDF: Contrary to report, no cargo plane was damaged in Iranian attack on Nevatim Airbase

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Contrary to a report by a major American media outlet, no cargo plane was damaged in the Iranian missile attack on Nevatim Airbase, military sources tell The Times of Israel.

The ABC report, citing a senior US official, claimed that five Iranian ballistic missiles hit Nevatim in the early Sunday attack, damaging a C-130 cargo plane, an unused runway, and empty storage facilities.

The report further claimed that another four ballistic missiles hit “the Negev Air Base.” There is no airbase in Israel with that name, and according to the IDF, no other bases in Israel were hit in the attack.

IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said four missiles hit Nevatim, not five as ABC reported. One hit close to a runway, causing slight damage to a taxiway, two struck open areas in the base, and another hit close to a building that was under construction, causing slight damage to it, he said. Hagari made no mention of a damaged C-130 plane, and said that there was only minor damage to infrastructure.

Military sources confirmed to The Times of Israel that the ABC report is false, and no planes were damaged in the Iranian attack.

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