U.S. officials say that Iran has launched drones at Israel

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Iran on Saturday launched attacks against Israel, according to U.S. officials, escalating long-standing tensions between the two nations that have the potential to trigger a regional war.
“Iran has begun an airborne attack against Israel,” National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson said in a Saturday statement.
“The United States will stand with the people of Israel and support their defense against these threats from Iran.”
Israel Defense Forces spokesperson Daniel Hagari said Saturday that Israel would work “in close coordination” with the U.S. and regional partners to intercept the launches.
The Biden administration is expecting Iran’s attack to target Israeli government sites, not civilian or religious sites and not U.S. assets in the area, U.S. officials told NBC News.
The White House condemned the move shortly after.
In anticipation of the attacks, airspaces in Israel and throughout the region were being temporarily shut down.
“If Iran attacks from its territory, Israel will react and attack in Iran,” Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Israel Katz wrote in a Wednesday post on X, tagging the Ayatollah’s X account.

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According to U.S. officials, Iran began attacking Israel on Saturday. s. , intensifying long-standing hostilities between the two countries that could lead to a regional conflict.

The National Security Council’s spokesperson, Adrienne Watson, stated in a statement on Saturday that “Iran has begun an airborne attack against Israel.”. “The United States will support the defense of the Israeli people against these threats from Iran by standing with them. “.

The Israel Defense Forces will cooperate “in close coordination,” according to spokesman Daniel Hagari, who made this announcement on Saturday. S. and local allies to thwart the launches.

“We keep an eye on the airspace threat.”. It is a threat that takes several hours to enter State of Israel territory,” he continued.

The Biden administration anticipates that Israeli government sites—rather than civilian or religious sites or U.S. s. resources nearby, U. S. told NBC News by officials.

One of the officials went on, “The administration anticipates that the attack will involve 100 drones, dozens of cruise missiles, and dozens of ballistic missiles.”.

With the possibility of an Iranian strike growing, President Joe Biden was returning earlier than planned to the White House to meet with his national security team, which included Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, ahead of the attacks on Saturday.

A Portuguese-flagged cargo ship with connections to Israel was taken over by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard earlier on Saturday in the Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping route. Shortly after, the White House denounced the action.

Israel’s and the region’s airspaces were being temporarily closed in anticipation of the attacks.

Additionally, Israel said that it would close schools starting on Sunday and restrict gatherings in some areas to 1,000 people.

Since the beginning of the conflict in Gaza in October, tensions between Iran and Israel have been rising; this has been particularly true in the last few weeks, since Iran accused Israel of attacking its consulate in Damascus on April 1.

In a statement released on Saturday, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps claimed that the drone and missile launches were “a response to the crimes by the Zionist Regime.”. “.”.

Israeli officials had threatened a counterattack after Iranian leaders, including Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had earlier promised to exact revenge on Israel for the Damascus strike. Israel has not acknowledged or refuted its role in the attack on Damascus.

Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Israel Katz remarked on Wednesday on X, tagging the Ayatollah’s X account, “If Iran attacks from its territory, Israel will react and attack in Iran.”.

The White House had been anticipating an Iranian strike due to Iran’s repeated warnings, and they had been in contact with Israel to make sure they would be ready to react.

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