On Tuesday morning August 3rd, 2021, Iran brought its air defense missiles system into full combat readiness, to face any potential Israeli missile or air retaliatory attack on its capital.
The airspace of Iran’s capital was closed to all military and civilian aircraft between 10 to 12 in the afternoon, and 12 airports in several other provinces were shut down to prevent the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Tor missile defense system from mistakenly shooting down civilian aircraft.
Unprecedented preparations by Iran’s army, and its terrorist designated organization IRGC, to protect Tehran’s airspace during the inauguration of President-elect Ebrahim Raisi by Khamenei, went into place as the Israeli Defense Forces are rumored to be planning a retaliatory operation against a potential target on Iranian soil.
Israel’s rumored retaliatory operation would be in response to Iran’s drone strike on an oil tanker in the North Arabian Sea belonging to an Israeli financier; An attack that killed two British and Romanian crew members.
Any retaliatory Israeli attack on a target or targets in Tehran could be accompanied by the use of suicide drones flying over Iran; UAVs similar to those used to attack a uranium enrichment centrifuge plant near Karaj on June 23, 2021.
It is not clear exactly what military response the Israeli defense force has in response to the IRGC attack on its oil carrier.
Russian sources say that if Israel launches an attack on Iranian targets, it could happen within 24 hours. Russia has an interest in following such developments, as it will expect to receive more information and an assessment of the resistance of its Tor and S-300 Favorit air defense missiles systems, which are in service in Iran, in the event of an Israeli attack.
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