Israel army opens Farsi social media accounts in bid to reach Iranians
Jerusalem (AFP) –
Israel's army has opened social media accounts in Farsi in a bid to reach out to the people of Iran, the military said on Twitter Wednesday.
The announcement came after a series of incidents that have raised tensions between Iran and Israel, which has vowed to stop its arch-enemy from entrenching itself militarily in Syria.
The new Twitter, Instagram and Telegram accounts will enable Iranians "to see for themselves that they are not the enemy, the oppressive Iranian regime is", the army said.
"The people of Iran deserve to hear the truth, and that?s exactly what we will share," the army said on its Twitter account.
Over the weekend, Israel announced it had carried out a strike in neighbouring Syria to thwart what it said was a plan by an Iranian force to attack its territory with drones.
Later in Lebanon, Hezbollah accused Israel of being behind a drone attack on the Lebanese Shiite movement's Beirut stronghold and threatened retaliation.
Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria targeting what it says are Iranian and Hezbollah targets.
The new accounts, which have garnered thousands of followers within days of launch, posted what the army described as the "command and control chart" of the Iran's elite Quds Force which Israel says was planning the drone attack from Syria.
The Israeli army operates social media accounts in six languages.
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