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    This marks the fifth time since November that the US warplanes have flown in Israeli airspace. The first flight took place around the time US relations with Iran hit a new low, after the assassination of a prominent nuclear scientist which Tehran blamed on America's most staunch ally in the region - Israel.

    Two US Boeing B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers have crossed the Israeli airspace, heading into the direction of the Persian Gulf, Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

    “This is the fifth time in recent months American aircraft of this particular model were seen passing in the area”, the daily said without providing any further details.

    Flights involving US B-52s have been ongoing since November, with the latest reported on 7 January. The bombers also took part in a joint manoeuvre with Saudi air force airplanes last week.

    The US display of force in the region comes as Iran is accusing its archnemesis Israel of orchestrating the murder of a top Iranian nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was killed in November.

    A billboard carries a portrait of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, an Iranian scientist linked to the country's nuclear program who was killed by unknown assailants last month, at the site of his killing in Absard east of the capital, Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020
    © REUTERS / Vahid Salemi
    A billboard carries a portrait of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, an Iranian scientist linked to the country's nuclear program who was killed by unknown assailants last month, at the site of his killing in Absard east of the capital, Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020

    Israel has repeatedly been blamed for killing Iranian officials, something it does not comment on. Some Iranian officials have also pointed to the involvement of the United States and Saudi Arabia.

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