BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 P.M.) – An Israeli news site reported on Tuesday that the Israeli army has raised the alert level for its special forces in the Red Sea region, fearing a possible Iranian response during U.S. President Donald Trump’s last hours in office.
The Hebrew-language website Walla News reported that the Israeli army has raised its state of alert in the Red Sea, against the backdrop of the prevailing tension with Iran, for fear of retaliation for the assassination of the commander of the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards, General Qassem Soleimani , and the Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
The news site said that the Israeli fear of an Iranian response comes after Tehran blamed Israel for the assassination of Fakhrizadeh, which prompted the political and military leaders in Tel Aviv to put their country’s special forces in the Red Sea on a state of high alert.
The site pointed out that these units include the submarine fleet and the Shaytet 13 unit, which is the Israeli military naval unit, which has powerful weapons.
They explained that the Israeli submarine heading towards the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden means sending a strong message to Iran that Tel Aviv is ready for all scenarios.
The Iranian nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated in late November, after his convoy was targeted near the capital, Tehran.
The Iranian government accused Israel of carrying out the assassination, while the Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, threatened to respond in a timely manner to the assassination of the prominent nuclear scientist, and the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Ali Khamenei, called for an investigation into the assassination, stressing at the same time the need for Inflicting final punishment on the perpetrators and leaders of this crime.