Iran attacks Israel with missiles and drones

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Iran has launched a massive aerial attack on Israel, two weeks after a deadly strike on its consulate in Syria.
Iran launched a massive aerial attack on Israel, two weeks after a suspected Israeli strike on its consulate in Syria.
Israel’s chief military spokesman, Daniel Hagari, said Iran’s attack involved more than 120 ballistic missiles, 170 drones, and more than 30 cruise missiles, according to a report by The Associated Press news agency.
Why did Iran attack Israel?
Since then, more than 330 people in Lebanon have been killed in Israeli attacks, including at least 66 civilians.
“Citizens of Israel, in recent years, and especially in recent weeks, Israel has been preparing for a direct attack by Iran,” Netanyahu said.
Airlines based in the United Arab Emirates, including Emirates, Etihad Airways and flydubai, cancelled some flights and rerouted others following Iran’s attacks.
What could come next for Iran, Israel and the region?

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Two weeks after a deadly strike on its consulate in Syria, Iran launched a massive aerial attack on Israel.

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In retaliation for last week’s alleged Israeli strike on its consulate in Damascus, which left 13 people dead, Iran launched a volley of missiles and drone strikes against Israel on Saturday and into the early hours of Sunday.

Here’s what transpired and what experts predict might happen in the future.

When and what exactly transpired in Israel?

Two weeks after an apparent Israeli strike on Iran’s consulate in Syria, Iran launched a massive aerial attack on Israel. This is Iran’s first-ever direct attack on Israeli territory launched from Iranian territory. Operation True Promise was the moniker Iran gave to the attack.

Around two in the evening GMT on Saturday, the attack started. US officials estimate it lasted for about five hours.

Tel Aviv was among the Israeli cities that heard explosions during the attack. As Israeli forces attempted to shoot down the projectiles, air raid sirens sounded in over 720 locations and explosions were audible in Jerusalem as well.

According to The Associated Press news agency, Iran’s attack involved over 120 ballistic missiles, 170 drones, and over 30 cruise missiles, according to Israel’s chief military spokesman, Daniel Hagari.

The Israeli military added that with assistance from the US, the UK, and France, the great majority of the projectiles were intercepted outside of Israel’s borders. Certain missiles that were headed toward Israel were also intercepted by Jordan while they were passing through its airspace.

A “limited quantity of hits were detected,” the Israeli military continued. “Minor damage occurred to the infrastructure” at a southern Israel base.

While other patients received minor injuries and some received anxiety treatment, a seven-year-old girl also suffered severe injuries from missile fragments.

Aside from intercepting “dozens” of missiles and drones fired at Israel from Yemen, Syria, and Iraq, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Saturday.

Specifically, where did the attacks happen?

Residents in the southern cities of Nevatim, Dimona, and Eilat as well as those in the northern Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, close to the borders with Syria and Lebanon, were instructed by the Israeli military to stay close to bomb shelters during the attack.

An Israeli air base is located in Nevatim, and a nuclear reactor is located outside of Dimona. Due to frequent attacks by Yemen’s Houthis on ships traversing the waterway, Eilat, Israel’s southern Red Sea port, has seen a dramatic reduction in activity.

What made Iran attack Israel?

Iran launched its attack in retaliation for an alleged Israeli strike that on April 1 in Damascus killed Major-General Mohammad Reza Zahed, an Iranian military commander. Along with him were six other Iranian nationals, one of them a general, who were killed. Additionally, at least six Syrian nationals perished.

As an associate professor at the National Defense University in Washington, DC, David Des Roches told Al Jazeera, “It seems that Iranian leaders are determined to take action, but also [be] seen to take action.”.

This suggests, he continued, “that there are pride and prestige considerations that are divorced from strategy and tactical utility that may indicate a more dangerous era than we thought.”.

Since October 8, the day after Israel’s severe retaliation against the besieged Gaza Strip and the attack led by Hamas in southern Israel, Hezbollah, an armed group in Lebanon with Iranian support, and the Israeli military have been exchanging blows across the border between Lebanon and Israel. Since then, Israeli attacks in Lebanon have claimed the lives of over 330 people, at least 66 of whom were civilians. At least 18 Israelis, including 12 soldiers and 6 civilians, have died as a result of Hezbollah attacks.

Iranian state media said on Saturday that the armed forces of the nation had apprehended a container ship connected to Israel close to the Strait of Hormuz.

What is the statement from the Israeli government?

After the attacks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared via Twitter that his nation “will win”. He had earlier addressed the country, saying the armed forces were ready for anything that could happen.

“Citizens of Israel, in recent years, and especially in recent weeks, Israel has been preparing for a direct attack by Iran,” Netanyahu said.

“Our offensive and defensive systems are in place, and we are prepared for any situation. Israel’s State is robust. The Israeli army is a formidable force. The public is quite powerful. In addition, he praised the US and the UK for “standing alongside” Israel on behalf of his constituents.

We’ve established a definite rule: If someone hurts us, we’ll hurt them too. He said, “We will defend ourselves against any threat and we will do so with determination and objectivity.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant declared that the attack had been “blocked” after it had concluded.

“Today, the world witnessed Iran’s true nature as a terror nation, as we successfully thwarted the Iranian attack in concert with our allies, the Americans, and others,” Gallant continued.

What’s the word from the Iranian government?

Iran threatened Israel with a retaliation. Major-General Mohammad Bagheri, the chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces, reportedly told state TV that Iran would respond “much larger” than the bombardment that took place over night if Israel retaliated.

Iran also forewarned Washington that if it supported Israeli retaliation, US bases would be targeted.

Iran had earlier stated that it considered “the matter… concluded” and cited Article 51 of the UN Charter, which allows for self-defense. Iran’s permanent mission to the UN made this statement on X.

“The case can be considered closed. Iran’s response will be far more harsh, though, should the Israeli regime make another error. It’s an Israeli regime-Iranian conflict, and the US needs to stay out of it.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) “brave men” who “taught a lesson to the Zionist regime” were praised by President Ebrahim Raisi in a statement.

What’s the most recent information available?

Israelis across the nation are no longer required to remain near shelters, according to a downgrade of the Home Front Command’s alert level. There was no longer an immediate threat, according to Home Front Command.

According to state media, hundreds of government supporters gathered in Tehran during the night to commemorate the strikes. Both Palestine sq\. and the UK embassy were the locations of their gatherings.

Domestic flights have been canceled at Tehran’s Mehrabad airport and at airports in several other Iranian cities through Monday morning, according to a report by the semiofficial Mehr News Agency. Israel’s airspace reopened at 7:30 am (04:30 GMT), according to the Israel Airports Authority.

After closing their airspace late on Saturday, Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon reopened it on Sunday.

In response to Iran’s attacks, United Arab Emirates-based airlines, such as Emirates, Etihad Airways, and flydubai, rerouted and cancelled certain flights. Additionally, flights to and from Tel Aviv were halted by Swiss International Air Lines.

Aeroflot, a Russian airline, declared that it had changed the destination of its evening flight from Moscow to Tehran on Saturday. Instead, the plane touched down in the Dagestan region of Russia, at Makhachkala.

What may happen to Israel, Iran, and the surrounding area next?

Reporting from occupied East Jerusalem, Al Jazeera’s Rory Challands stated, “Analysts over the last couple of hours have been saying that Iran’s attack appears carefully calibrated, to make a point but not to cause so much damage that it escalates the situation into a wider conflict.”.

Challands declared, “The Israeli war cabinet has been authorized to respond to Iran in some capacity.”.

The US appeared to have had “some contact with Iran prior to this attack,” according to James Bays, the diplomatic editor of Al Jazeera. There’s a good chance that some of this was staged.

“The Biden administration, ultimately it has lots of tools because the US is the main supplier of funds and weapons to Israel. Although President Biden hasn’t taken any significant action regarding the Gaza War thus far, keep in mind the stakes involved. For if Iran and Israel do go to war, it will destabilize the entire region and even beyond the Middle East, according to Bays.

Although the Americans are praising Israel, he continued, “I’m sure the Biden administration was not happy about the attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus, because it knows Iran really had no choice but to come up with some sort of response.”.

How have things responded internationally thus far?

Israel’s allies have denounced the aerial attack and issued warnings that it raised the possibility of more Middle East escalation.

An official in the administration stated that President Joe Biden has made it plain that the United States will not take part in any offensive actions against Iran. However, they restated their backing for Israel.

The US Defense Secretary, Austin, stated, “We do not seek conflict with Iran, but we will not hesitate to act to protect our forces and support the defense of Israel.”.

The current president of the UN Security Council, Malta, announced that the UNSC is scheduled to convene an emergency meeting on Sunday at 4 PM New York time (20:00 GMT). Iranian attack described as a “severe and dangerous escalation” by Israel’s permanent representative to the UN, Gilad Erdan.

Concerned about the “military escalation” in the area, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged everyone to exercise caution.

China also expressed its extreme concern about the escalation, stating that it was a “spillover of the Gaza conflict” and that a ceasefire ought to be put into effect right away.

In addition, India voiced concern and demanded a “switch back from violence and swiftly return to the path of democracy, as well as the exercise of restraint.”. The embassies in the area maintained close ties with the Indian community, according to the Ministry of External Affairs.

On Sunday, there will be a video conference with the Group of Seven (G7). “We express strong concern about a further destabilization of the region and continue to work to avoid it,” said Giorgia Meloni, the prime minister of Italy, whose nation is currently holding the rotating presidency of the G7, on X. “.

For more responses from around the world, check out our coverage here.

Jazeera is the source.

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