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Israel Expects Iranian Attack

05.04.2024
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https://www.bbc.com/ukrainian/articles/cd18d93d6dgo

Iran has vowed to respond to Monday's attack on its consulate in Syria. Then 13 people were killed, including the influential General of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Mohammad Reza Zahedi. Israel is believed to have carried out the strike; The country's authorities did not officially comment on this. Amid rising tensions with Iran, large parts of Israel are blocking GPS to disrupt the satellite navigation of missiles and drones.

The Israel Defense Forces has suspended furloughs for all military personnel in combat units and units. The day before, reservists from air defense units were called up in the country.

Israeli authorities believe it is likely that Iran will attack the country as early as Friday. It is Al-Quds Day (the Arabic name for Jerusalem) and the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan. Pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel protests are often held on this day, especially in Iran.

On Thursday, GPS jamming began in central Israel. This was also felt by residents of large cities, including Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, located far from the combat zone in the Gaza Strip. Applications that depend on geolocation crashed. So, a BBC producer who was in Jerusalem had a phone number that showed she was in Cairo.

The GPSJAM monitoring service records widespread GPS disruptions throughout Israel. IDF spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari confirmed that spoofing, that is, substitution of the GPS signal, is operating in the country. This technology has been observed in action more than once, for example, around the Moscow Kremlin.

In Israel, spoofing has been in constant operation over the past six months on the northern border with Lebanon, where firefights with the pro-Iranian Shiite paramilitary movement Hezbollah continue. According to the Times of Israel, Israelis are being advised to manually set their location on mobile devices so that warnings about missile attacks and air raids will work correctly.

At the same time, the IDF called on the Israelis to refrain from panic buying. “No need to buy generators, stockpile food or withdraw money from ATMs,” Hagari wrote on X.

 

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