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13 Apr, 2024 19:52

Iran launches swarm of kamikaze drones at Israel

Tehran has fired dozens of unmanned aerial vehicles in apparent retaliation for an airstrike on its consulate in Damascus
Iran launches swarm of kamikaze drones at Israel

Iran launched an attack against Israel on Saturday night using dozens of drones and missiles, in apparent retaliation for a recent strike by the Jewish state that killed seven military officers at its consulate in Damascus.

Axios reported the drone swarm on Saturday, citing four unidentified US and Israeli officials. Videos posted on social media purported to show Shahed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) being fired toward Israel from Iran.

Earlier on Saturday, US President Joe Biden cut short a weekend visit to his Delaware beach home, returning to the White House for consultations with his national security advisers due to fears of an “imminent” Iranian attack against Israel. Tehran, which had vowed to take revenge for the April 1 killing of its officers, seized an Israeli-operated container ship in the Persian Gulf around noon on Saturday.

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman Daniel Hagari warned in a video statement that Iran would “bear the consequences for choosing to escalate the situation any further. Israel is on high alert.” Iranian-backed militias in the Middle East have ramped up attacks against Israeli and US assets in the region amid West Jerusalem’s war with Hamas.