Israeli Air Force Conducting Drills Over Mediterranean Sea

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said Wednesday that dozens of its fighter jets conducted aerial maneuvers over the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday night.

The IDF said that the exercise involved long-range flight, aerial refueling and striking distant targets.

“This was part of our (Chariots of Fire) exercise to prepare for combat scenarios both near and far,” IDF said in a tweet, but did not provid more details.

The exercise came as on May 17, the Times of Israel reported that IAF would practice for a wide scale strike in Iran later this month.

“The (Chariots of Fire) drill, which involves a simulated attack on Iranian nuclear targets, would focus on training for fighting on Israel’s northern borders, including against the Iran-backed Hezbollah group in Lebanon,” it reported.

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi had earlier said that he had instructed the military to chalk out fresh attack plans against Iran.

In September, Kohavi also said that the army had greatly accelerated preparations for action against Tehran’s nuclear program.


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