Iran’s IRGC says massive military drills in Persian Gulf is warning to Israel
The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said Friday the elite military force’s massive military drills near the Persian Gulf this week sent "very clear and obvious" messages to the Zionist regime.
Major General Hossein Salami warned the Israeli authorities to watch their acts vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic.
"The message of this drills is a serious, real and field warning to the threats of the Zionist regime officials to be aware of their mistakes and blunders," the general said.
"We will cut off their hands if they make a wrong move," he added.
Salami emphasized that the distance between actual operations and the IRGC's missile maneuvers is "only a change in the angles of launching the missiles" and said, "Therefore, enemies must beware of their words."
The IRGC's five-day massive drills, dubbed Great Prophet 17, ended on Friday. The maneuvers were held in the Persian Gulf region, the Strait of Hormuz, as well as the coastal areas of the southern province of Hormuzgan, Bushehr, and Khuzestan.
The exercises were part of major military drills Iran holds regularly to improve its combat readiness.
Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great progress in developing and manufacturing a broad range of domestically-manufactured equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in this regard.
Iranian officials have repeatedly underscored that the Islamic Republic will not hesitate to build up its defense capabilities, emphasizing such abilities are entirely meant for the purpose of defense and will be never subject to negotiations.