Israel says Iran has launched drone assault

Unlock the Editor’s Digest for freeRoula Khalaf, Editor of the FT, selects her favorite tales on this weekly publication.Iran has launched drones at Israel, an Israeli navy spokesman mentioned, following a suspected Israeli strike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus that killed a number of senior Iranian officers earlier this month. In an announcement late on Saturday, Daniel Hagari mentioned that the drones would take a number of hours to achieve Israel, and that the Jewish state would take care of them.“The [Israel Defense Forces] is ready and prepared on all its programs, in offence and defence, for quite a lot of eventualities that we ready upfront,” Hagari mentioned in a televised press convention, his second of the evening. “We’re working in shut co-ordination with the US and our companions within the area so as to function in opposition to these launches and intercept them . . . we’ve one other layer of defence [provided] by the US navy.”Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mentioned that Israel was “prepared for any situation, each defensively and offensively”.Iranian state tv confirmed on Saturday evening {that a} large-scale drone operation had been launched in opposition to Israel. A publish printed on the account of Iran’s supreme chief, Ayatollah Khamenei, on the social media platform X, mentioned: “The evil regime shall be punished.”Israel’s strike on the consulate in Damascus on April was a major escalation of the tensions which have swirled throughout the Center East for the reason that battle between Hamas and Israel erupted final October.Within the intervening six months, Israeli forces have traded near-daily fireplace with the Iran-backed Hizbollah militant group in Lebanon, whereas militants in Iraq, Syria and Yemen have additionally fired missiles and drones at Israel.Nevertheless, the direct confrontation between Israel and Iran has taken the battle into uncharted territory, as Iranian leaders vowed to “punish” Israel for a strike on a consulate building in Damascus that they thought of “sovereign” territory and which claimed the lives of a senior Iranian normal and 6 different navy officers. Regardless of their lengthy historical past of enmity, the 2 nations have by no means exchanged fireplace utilizing strikes launched from their very own soil. Solely as soon as earlier than — in 2018 — did Iranian forces based mostly in Syria fireplace on Israel immediately.This can be a growing story . . .

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