Iran directly attacks Israel with drones and missiles: Latest developments – Times of India

Iran directly attacks Israel with drones and missiles: Latest developments - Times of India

In a dramatic escalation of Middle East tensions, Iran launched a historic and direct airstrike on Israel late Saturday. The unprecedented attack involved more than 200 drones and missiles, marking the first time Iran has directly targeted Israeli territory. The attack has raised fears of a wider regional conflict, especially as the United States expresses unwavering support for Israel.
Here are the key developments:
Initial Strike: The Iranian attack began late Saturday with the launch of a swarm of explosive drones and missiles targeting Israeli territory. This is Iran’s first direct attack on Israel, taking the long-standing rivalry to a new level.
Boom and Siren in Israel: Booms and air raid sirens were reported in several locations, including northern Israel, southern Israel, the northern West Bank and the Dead Sea near the Jordanian border. The attack marks the first time Iran has launched a direct military attack on Israel, despite decades of hostility dating back to the country’s 1979 Islamic revolution. Officials said a 7-year-old girl was seriously injured.
Israel’s response: Israeli army rear admiral Daniel Hagari said the attack involved more than 200 drones and missiles. Despite the volume of fire, Israel’s advanced defenses stopped the majority of these threats.
US involvement: President Joe Biden returned to Washington to coordinate the response, emphasizing America’s “ironclad” support for Israel. US forces actively participated in intercepting incoming drones.
The Pentagon reported that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had spoken with his Israeli counterpart to “discuss immediate regional threats … and made clear that Israel is ready to defend itself against any attack by Iran and its regional proxies.” can count on full American support for defense.” National Security Adviser Jack Sullivan also spoke with his counterpart to reinforce Washington’s “ironclad commitment to Israel’s security.”
Global response: International reaction was swift, with the UN Secretary General condemning the attack and various countries expressing concern over the potential for regional tensions.
United Nations Security Council meeting: Following Israel’s request, the UN Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting to discuss the attack and Israel’s request to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization.
‘Death to Israel’: Thousands of Iranians took to the streets of Iran early Sunday to show support for the ongoing unprecedented drone and missile strikes against their arch-enemy, Israel.
“Death to Israel!” and “Death to America!” Protesters chanted slogans in Tehran’s Palestine Square shortly after the Revolutionary Guards announced the launch of Operation Honest Promise.
A new mural was unveiled in the square, with the message “The next slap is hard.” It was accompanied by a large banner that had been displayed for several days, warning in Hebrew, “Take refuge”.
During Sunday’s demonstration, participants proudly waved Iranian and Palestinian flags, as well as banners proclaiming “God’s victory is near.”
Regional tensions: The attack comes amid the ongoing war in Gaza, with conflicts flaring up on other fronts including Lebanon and Syria, underscoring volatile regional dynamics.
Involvement of Hezbollah: Earlier on Sunday, Hezbollah claimed responsibility for firing rockets at an Israeli base, underscoring the involvement of Iran’s regional allies in the conflict.
Constant Threats: Iranian officials warned that if Israel continued its military operations, it would highlight the fragility of the situation and the potential for further violence.
(with input from agencies)

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