Major Escalation: Iran Launches Missile and Drone Attack on Israel

The Middle East erupted in violence late Saturday night as Iran launched a large-scale missile and drone attack against Israel. This unprecedented act marks a dangerous escalation in a region already on edge.

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Iran Launches Missile and Drone Attack on Israel
Objects are seen in the sky above Jerusalem after Iran launched drones and missiles towards Israel, in Jerusalem April 14, 2024 [Ronen Zvulun/ Reuters]

Iran’s Retaliatory Strike

The attack comes in response to a suspected Israeli airstrike on an Iranian consulate in Damascus, Syria, on April 1st. That strike killed 12 people, including high-ranking Iranian military officials. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has claimed responsibility for this weekend’s attack, naming it “Operation True Promise.”

Hundreds of Missiles and Drones Intercepted

According to Israeli military spokesperson Daniel Hagari, Iran launched “more than 200 killer drones, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles” at Israel. Fortunately, Israel’s air defense systems, aided by the United States and the United Kingdom, managed to intercept the vast majority before they reached their targets.

Limited Damage Reported

Despite the large number of projectiles launched, reports indicate minimal damage. One civilian casualty has been reported โ€“ a seven-year-old girl with minor injuries. An Israeli military base in southern Israel sustained minor infrastructure damage from a missile strike.

Heightened Tensions Across the Region

This attack significantly elevates tensions in a region already embroiled in a six-month-long war between Israel and Gaza. Fearing further retaliation, Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon have all temporarily closed their airspace. Syria has also heightened its air defenses around Damascus and major military bases.

Uncertain Path Forward

With both sides on high alert, the potential for further escalation remains high. World leaders are urging for restraint and diplomacy to prevent a wider conflict.

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