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Israel pledges forceful retaliation following Iran's drone attack

On Sunday, Iran initiated a significant escalation in the ongoing clandestine conflict with Israel by launching drones directly from its own territory towards the Israeli border.

Reported by:  PTC News Desk  Edited by:  Annesha Barua -- April 14th 2024 08:23 AM -- Updated: April 14th 2024 09:04 AM
Israel pledges forceful retaliation following Iran's drone attack

Israel pledges forceful retaliation following Iran's drone attack

PTC News Desk: Israel has issued a stern warning of a "significant response" following Iran's unprecedented drone attack directly launched from its territory on Sunday. The incident marks a notable escalation in the ongoing shadow conflict between the two Middle Eastern nations.

Reports indicate that Iran deployed more than 100 drones, which originated from its own territory, targeting Israel. Observers in neighboring Iraq and Jordan also noted the presence of numerous drones traversing the skies.

Amidst the unfolding situation, U.S. officials disclosed that the American military intercepted an Iranian drone aircraft en route to Israel. President Joe Biden swiftly engaged in a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the unfolding events.

Prime Minister Netanyahu reaffirmed Israel's steadfast stance in the face of aggression, asserting, "whoever harms us, we will harm them." He emphasized Israel's commitment to defending itself against any threat with resolute determination and pragmatism.

As tensions simmer in the region, the international community closely monitors the situation, apprehensive of further escalation and its potential ramifications on regional stability.

Here are the latest developments in the unfolding narrative:

1. Israeli military sources report that Iran has launched over 100 explosive-laden drones, a significant escalation in hostilities. Sources in Iraq confirm the sighting of dozens of drones crossing towards Israel through Iraqi airspace, labeled by Iranian Press TV as a part of the Revolutionary Guards' "extensive drone strikes."

2. Iran's Defense Minister, Mohammad Reza Ashtiani, issues a stern warning, stating that Tehran will retaliate firmly against any nation facilitating attacks on Iran by Israel.

3. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convenes the Israeli war cabinet at military headquarters in Tel Aviv following the Iranian assault. Netanyahu assures the nation of preparedness, with all defense systems active and readiness for any scenario, defensively and offensively. Gratitude is extended to allies such as the US, the UK, France, and other supportive nations.

4. A senior Israeli official promises an "unprecedented response" to Iran's aggression, urging citizens to remain vigilant due to imminent retaliation against Tehran.

5. Reports emerge of British military intervention, with UK aircraft intercepting Iranian drones over the Iraq-Syria border. UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak condemns Iran's actions, affirming unwavering support for Israel's security and regional stability.

6. The White House issues a statement reaffirming US support for Israel, pledging assistance in defense amid the ongoing Iranian assault. President Joe Biden convenes a meeting with the national security team to address the situation promptly.

7. The Iranian Revolutionary Guards caution the US against involvement in actions detrimental to Tehran's interests, warning of decisive repercussions.

8. Iran claims responsibility for launching ballistic missiles targeting Israeli territories, while Lebanon's Hezbollah fires rockets towards the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. Yemen's Houthi rebels, aligned with Iran, coordinate drone attacks on Israel, further intensifying the conflict.

9. International condemnation pours in from the US, UK, Germany, Argentina, France, and others. India voices concern, urging de-escalation and restraint. The United Nations Security Council schedules an emergency meeting to address the escalating crisis.

10. The Israel Defense Forces' Home Front Command lifts restrictions on safe rooms but maintains cautionary measures, including limitations on gatherings and the suspension of educational activities, indicating a temporary reprieve from the threat posed by Iran's offensive maneuvers.

- With inputs from agencies

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