Israel-Iran Tensions LIVE Updates, Israel-Gaza War: “99% Of Iran Launches Intercepted”: Israeli Army

Israel-Iran Conflict News LIVE: Iran launched more than 300 drones and missiles at Israel

Israel-Iran Conflict Live Updates: Iran launched more than 300 drones and missiles at Israel in an unprecedented attack late Saturday, the Israeli army announced, in a major escalation of the long-running covert war between the regional foes.

Israeli military spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said that 99 percent of the launches had been intercepted. While 170 drones and 30 cruise missiles were shot down before they reached Israel, a few of the 110 ballistic missiles did get through, injuring 12 people.

Iran had repeatedly threatened to retaliate against Israel for a deadly April 1 air strike on its consulate building in Damascus.

Here are the LIVE updates on Israel-Iran Tensions:

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British Jets Shot Down Iranian Drones: Rishi Sunak

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak today said that British military jets shot down drones launched by Iran in its attack on Israel. He called for “calm heads to prevail” to avoid an escalation of the conflict.

“Iran’s attack last night was a dangerous and unnecessary escalation,” he said.

“I can confirm that our planes did shoot down a number of Iranian attack drones,” he said.

“If this attack had been successful, the fallout for regional stability would be hard to overstate. We stand by the security of Israel and the wider region, which is of course important for our security here at home, too. What we now need is for calm heads to prevail.”

Iran-Israel War Live: “Iran Wants To Destabilize Entire Region”, Says Germany

Germany today said that Iran is isolated with its “aggressive behaviour” with which it wants to destabilize an entire region.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock also said that Israel has shown that it was strong and could defend itself by repelling an Iranian attack overnight together with strong allies.

“Iran is isolated with its aggressive behaviour with which it wants to destabilize an entire region,” Baerbock said.

“And Israel’s capacities have shown Israel is strong, Israel can protect itself,” she added.

She called on Iran to forgo further attacks including via proxies as a regional escalation would have incalculable consequences.

Iran Summons France, UK, Germany Envoys Over Reactions To Israel Attack

Iran today summoned the French, British and German ambassadors to Tehran over their reactions to Iran’s missile and drone attack on Israel.

“The British, French and German ambassadors to Tehran were summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs following the irresponsible positions of certain officials of these countries regarding Iran’s response to the actions of the Zionist regime (Israel) against the nationals and interests of our country,” the official IRNA news agency said. 

Iran Airports Cancel Flights Until Monday Amid Tensions With Israel

Several Iranian airports including Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International have cancelled flights until Monday, Iranian state media reported today.

“All flights from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport have been cancelled until 6 a.m. (0230 GMT) following an announcement by Iran’s Civil Aviation Organisation,” the airport’s executive told the Iranian Student News Agency.

Domestic flights from Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport and airports in Shiraz, Isfahan, Bushehr, Kerman, Ilam, and Sanandaj have also been cancelled until Monday morning, according to Iran’s Airports and Air Navigation Company.

Major airlines across the Middle East have announced the cancellation of some of their flights, while having to reroute others as tensions flared in the Middle East with Iran’s attack on Israel.

“Dangerous Escalation”: Russia Urges “Restraint” As Iran Attacks Israel

Russia today urged all sides to “show restraint” after Iran launched an unprecedented attack on Israel.

“We are counting on the regional states to solve the existing problems with political and diplomatic means,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Moscow expressed “extreme concern over the latest dangerous escalation in the region”.

It also said it had warned numerous times that “the lack of resolution to numerous crises in the Middle East, primarily in the zone of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict” would “lead to growth in instability”.

“Overnight Escalation”: NATO Condemns Iran’s Attack On Israel

NATO today condemned Iran’s overnight attack on Israel as “escalation” of regional unrest and urged restraint on all sides.

“We condemn Iran’s overnight escalation, call for restraint, and are monitoring developments closely. It is vital that the conflict in the Middle East does not spiral out of control,” spokesperson Farah Dakhlallah said.

G7 Leaders To Discuss Iranian Strikes On Israel

Leaders from the G7 will hold a video conference later Sunday to discuss the Iranian strikes on Israel, Italy — which holds the rotating presidency of the group of developed nations — said.

“The Italian presidency of the G7 has summoned G7 leaders for a video conference early this afternoon”, the government said. The G7 groups the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Britain, Italy and Canada.

Iran Launched Over 300 Drones, Missiles: Israel

Iran launched more than 300 drones and missiles towards Israel in its unprecedented attack overnight, injuring at least 12 people, an Israeli army spokesman said Sunday.

“Last night Iran fired over 300 ballistic missiles, UAVs and cruise missiles towards Israel,” military spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari told a televised statement, revising an earlier figure of more than 200 launches.

Hagari said 170 drones and 30 cruise missiles were launched, none of which entered Israeli territory, adding that 110 ballistic missiles were also fired and few of them reached Israel.

Iran Says Its Retaliation “Concluded”, Warns Israel Not To Respond

Iran on Sunday urged Israel not to retaliate militarily to an unprecedented attack overnight, which Tehran presented as a justified response to a strike that destroyed its consulate building in Damascus earlier this month.

“The matter can be deemed concluded,” Iran’s mission to the United Nations said in a post on X just a few hours after the start of the operation late Saturday.

“However, should the Israeli regime make another mistake, Iran’s response will be considerably more severe,” the Iranian mission warned.

Iran’s Unprecedented Attack “Foiled”: Israel

Iran’s unprecedented overnight attack on Israel has been “foiled”, the Israeli military said Sunday, with hundreds of missiles and drones intercepted with the help of the United States and allies.

The attack which began late Saturday marks a major escalation of the long-running covert war between the regional foes, and comes against the backdrop of the ongoing war between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Iran’s proxies and allies also carried out coordinated attacks on Israeli positions as sirens sounded in many places and AFP correspondents heard blasts in the skies above Jerusalem early Sunday.

“We’ll Harm Them”: Israel PM Netanyahu Vows Strong Response To Iran Attack

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today said that his country has been preparing for a direct attack by Iran for years and will “harm” any one who harms them. Iran last night. Iran late on Saturday launched a barrage of explosive drones and missiles directly targeting Israeli territory, in response to the bombing of Iran’s embassy in Syria’s capital Damascus earlier this month.

Hamas Rejected Gaza True Proposal: Israeli Spy Agency Mossad

Israel’s Mossad spy agency said on Sunday that Palestinian militant group Hamas had rejected the latest proposal by international mediators for a truce in the war in Gaza.

“The rejection of the proposal… proves that (Hamas chief in Gaza Yahya) Sinwar does not want a humanitarian deal and the return of the hostages, is continuing to exploit the tension with Iran” and is aiming for “a general escalation in the region”, Mossad said in a statement released by the Israeli prime minister’s office.

Israeli F-35 Jet Returns To Base After Protecting Airspace

China Reacts To Iran Attack On Israel

Beijing expressed “deep concern” on Sunday over Iran’s missile and drone attack on Israel, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said.

“China expresses deep concern over the current escalation and calls on relevant parties to exercise calm and restraint to prevent further escalations,” the unnamed spokesman said.

Joe Biden Says US Helped Israel Down ‘Nearly All’ Iran Drones, Missiles

President Joe Biden said Saturday that US forces helped take down “nearly all” the drones and missiles fired by Iran at Israel, adding that he had reaffirmed his “ironclad” support to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Biden added in a statement that he would convene his fellow leaders of the G7 group of wealthy nations on Sunday to coordinate a “united diplomatic response” to Iran’s “brazen” attack.

“Iran — and its proxies operating out of Yemen, Syria and Iraq — launched an unprecedented air attack against military facilities in Israel. I condemn these attacks in the strongest possible terms,” Biden said.

Hezbollah Says It Launched Fresh Barrage Of Rockets Towards Israel-Held Golan Heights

The Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah said on Sunday that it had launched a fresh barrage of rockets towards the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, hours after it joined in a major Iranian drone and missile attack targeting Israel.

Iran-backed Hezbollah, which has regularly traded cross-border fire with Israel since the start of the ongoing war in Gaza, said in a statement that it had launched “dozens of Katyusha rockets” at three Israeli military positions in the Golan, which Israel seized from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967.

“Iranian Threat Always Been There”: Israel

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu Speaks With US President Joe Biden

UN Calls For Emergency Meet Over Iran Attack

The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Sunday over Iran’s unprecedented drone and missile attack on Israel, the body’s president said.

A spokesperson for Malta, which holds the rotating presidency this month, told the press Saturday evening that the Security Council was aiming for the meeting to be held at 4:00 pm (2000 GMT) the following the day, at Israel’s request.

“Matter Can Be Deemed Concluded”: Iran

Iranian Strikes Causes “Minor Damage” To Israeli Base

Iranian strikes caused “minor damage” to an Israeli base, army spokesman Daniel Hagari said Sunday, after Iran’s state media reported “heavy blows” to the base. 

“Only a few missiles fell in the territory of the state of Israel with slight damage to a military base in the south, with only slight damage to the infrastructure,” Rear Admiral Hagari said in a statement. 

Video: Iranian Drones Intercepted By Israel’s Iron Dome

Iran Fired Over 200 Drones, Ballistic Missiles Towards Israel: Army

Iran fired over 200 drones, ballistic missiles towards Israel, the army said on Sunday. 

UN Chief Condemns “Serious Escalation” By Iran, Urges “Maximum Restraint”

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned Iran’s drone attacks targeting Israel on Saturday as a “serious escalation” and called on all sides to show restraint to avoid a devastating regional conflagration.

“I strongly condemn the serious escalation represented by the large-scale attack launched on Israel by the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he said in a statement.

“I am deeply alarmed about the very real danger of a devastating region-wide escalation. I urge all parties to exercise maximum restraint to avoid any action that could lead to major military confrontations on multiple fronts in the Middle East.”

Trump Says Iran Attack On Israel Shows US “Weakness” Under Biden

Former US president Donald Trump on Saturday blasted his opponent in the November election, Joe Biden, over Iran’s attack on Israel, alleging it showed American “weakness” under his successor’s leadership.

“God bless the people of Israel. They are under attack right now. That’s because we show great weakness,” he said at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania.

Biden Vows “Ironclad” Support For Israel Against Iran

Germany Warns Iran Strikes On Israel Could Plunge Region Into Chaos

Germany warned Sunday that an Iranian drone and missile attack on Israel could “plunge an entire region into chaos”, and urged Tehran to halt the strikes. 

“We condemn the ongoing attack — which could plunge an entire region into chaos — in the strongest possible terms,” said German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on X, formerly Twitter. 

“Iran and its proxies must stop this immediately,” she said, adding that Berlin stands “firmly by Israel”.

UK Says Will Intercept Any Airborne Attacks “As Required” Amid Iran Strikes On Israel

The UK government said Saturday it was sending additional fighter jets to the Middle East and would intercept airborne attacks as needed after Iran launched strikes on Israel.

“We have moved several additional Royal Air Force jets and air refuelling tankers to the region,” the Ministry of Defence said in a statement. “These UK jets will intercept any airborne attacks within range of our existing missions, as required.”

US Forces Shot Down Drones Launched At Israel From Iran: Reports

American forces have shot down drones launched at Israel by Iran in retaliation for a deadly strike on its consulate in Damascus, US media reported Saturday.

The reports — which cited unnamed US officials — did not specify where or how many of the drones were shot down, while an Israeli official earlier said that more than 100 drones had been launched by Tehran.

US Says Shot Down Iranian Drone Headed To Israel

The U.S. military has shot down Iranian drone aircraft headed toward Israel on Saturday, three U.S. officials said, without disclosing how many drones were shot down or the precise locations.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps said it launched dozens of drones and missiles at Israel in an attack that may trigger a major escalation between the regional archenemies.

Iran Warns US To “Stay Away” From Conflict With Israel

Iran warned the United States Sunday to “stay away” from its conflict with Israel after Tehran launched a drone and missile attack in retaliation for a deadly strike on its Damascus consulate.

“Iran’s military action was in response to the Zionist regime’s aggression against our diplomatic premises in Damascus,” Iran’s Permanent United Nations mission said on X. 

“Should the Israeli regime make another mistake, Iran’s response will be considerably more severe,” it said. “It is a conflict between Iran and the rogue Israeli regime, from which the US MUST STAY AWAY!”

“Matter Concluded”: Iran After It Launches Drone, Missile Strikes At Israel

Yemen Rebels Launch Drones At Israel In Coordination With Iran: Security Agency

Yemen’s Huthi rebels launched multiple drones at Israel in coordination with Iran, security firm Ambrey said late Saturday, adding that the projectiles were likely timed to reach Israel simultaneously. 

“Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS) were reportedly launched by the Huthis toward Israel. The UAVs were launched in coordination with Iran,” the company said. “Israeli ports are assessed to be potential targets”, it added, and warned of “collateral damage” to shipping.

France Foreign Minister Condemns Iran Strikes On Israel As Threat To Stability

France’s Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne on Saturday condemned Iran’s drone strikes on Israel as a “new level” in the threat to security.

“France condemns with the greatest firmness the attack launched by Iran against Israel,” he said on the platform X.

“In deciding to take this unprecedented action, Iran has reached a new level of destabilisation and is risking a military escalation,” he added, reiterating France’s commitment to Israel’s security.

Netanyahu Holds War Cabinet Meet As Iran Launches Drone Strikes At Israel

Iran Launched More Than 100 Drones: Israel

Iran launched more than 100 drones towards Israel, and more can be expected, an Israeli army official said Sunday.

“This evening we’ve identified more than 100 UAV drones launched towards Israel from Iran,” the official said, adding: “We expect the drones to be here in the following hours and we might see some more waves of drones as time progresses.”

“Operating At Full Force To Defend State”: Israel As Iran Launches Drone Strikes

Sirens Sounded In Israel Kibbutz Near Lebanon Border: Army

The Israeli army said it sounded sirens in a kibbutz near the Lebanon border early Sunday, after Iran launched a drone attack on Israel.

“Sirens sounded in Kibbutz Snir, northern Israel,” the army said in a statement.

Jordan, Iraq Close Airspace As Iran Launches Drone Strikes On Israel

Shortly before Iran launched drones towards Israel in response to its air strike on the latter’s embassy in Syria, Jordan temporarily closed its airspace for all incoming, departing and transit aircraft, The Times of Israel reported, citing state-owned Al Mamlaka news on Saturday.

Two flights from the Emirati airline Fly Dubai turned back towards the United Arab Emirates after taking off en route for Israel, ostensibly due to concerns over an Iranian threat or the decision by Jordan to close its airspace, The Times of Israel reported, citing local media outlet Channel 12.

Lebanon Closes Airspace As Iran Strikes Israel

Lebanon closed its airspace and suspended air traffic late Saturday, after Iran launched a drone attack on Israel, the transport minister said.

“Lebanese airspace has been closed to all aircraft… temporarily and as a precaution”, Ali Hamie posted on X, adding that the measure would be in effect from 2200 GMT on Saturday until 0400 GMT on Sunday.

Rishi Sunak Condemns “Reckless’ Iran Strikes On Israel

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak condemned as “reckless” late Saturday Iran’s drone and missile attack on Israel, adding that Britain would “continue to stand up for Israel’s security”.

“Alongside our allies, we are urgently working to stabilise the situation and prevent further escalation. No one wants to see more bloodshed,” Sunak said in a statement.

Netanyahu Holds Israel War Cabinet Meeting: Prime Minister’s Office

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s war cabinet is meeting in Tel Aviv, his office said Sunday, after Iran launched a drone attack on Israel.

“Netanyahu is convening the War Management Cabinet at this time, in Kirya in Tel Aviv,” the prime minister’s office said.

Iran Strikes “Severe And Dangerous Escalation”: Israel

The Iranian drone attack under way against Israel marks a “severe and dangerous escalation,” Israeli army spokesman Daniel Hagari said Sunday.

“We are closely monitoring Iranian killer drones that are en route to Israel sent by Iran. This is a severe and dangerous escalation,” Rear Admiral Hagari said.

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