The drone shot down in Israel this week was armed with explosives and launched by Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday.
Netanyahu displayed fragments of the aerial weapon during a news conference in Jerusalem with Germany’s foreign minister, according to reports.
“Iran sent an armed drone to Israel from Iraq or Syria,” Netanyahu said.
“Iranian forces launched the armed drone, which our forces intercepted on the border between Israel and Jordan.”
Netanyahu added that the incident “says everything on the true patron of terror in the Middle East and in the world: Iran.”
That remark echoed comments made Wednesday by former President George W. Bush, who blamed Iran for sparking the latest round of fighting between Israel and Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip.
The drone was destroyed mid-flight around 4 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Israel Defense Forces.
The incident marked the second time Iran is believed to have sent an armed drone into Israel, according to the Times of Israel.
In 2018, an Israeli helicopter crew shot down a drone that flew into northern Israel from Syria, after which the IDF launched a wave of retaliatory strikes, the news outlet said.