Iran launches drones, missile attacks on Israel in retaliation; UN calls for emergency meeting

JNS: Iran carried out a significant drone and missile strike on Israel following threats of retaliation for an attack on a Syrian consulate building. Reports indicate that Iran deployed over 200 drones and missiles, while its allies also launched coordinated attacks on Israeli targets.

An Israeli army official described the attack as a “massive swarm” of killer drones, ballistic missiles, and cruise missiles. Iran justified its actions as self-defense after its diplomatic station in Damascus was targeted.

Iran expressed hope that these measures would de-escalate tensions, considering the matter concluded. However, the attack has raised fears of further escalation and a potential regional conflict.

US President Joe Biden condemned the attack and reiterated the United States’ unwavering support for Israel. He discussed the situation with his national security team and pledged to work with G7 leaders to formulate a united diplomatic response.

In response to the Iranian assault, US forces reportedly shot down drones targeting Israel and remain prepared to provide additional defensive support in the region.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that Israel has been prepared for an Iranian attack and will respond defensively and aggressively. The Israeli military detected drones flying from Iran over Syria and Jordan, some of which were intercepted.

The UN has called an emergency meeting to address the escalating situation, which could potentially lead to a broader conflict in the region.

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