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13 Apr, 2024 23:28

Sirens and blasts heard across Israel (VIDEOS)

The IDF has reported dozens of emergency alerts across the country amid Iranian drone and missile attacks
Sirens and blasts heard across Israel (VIDEOS)

Explosions and sirens have reportedly been heard across Israel after Iran launched waves of suicide drones and missiles in retaliation for an attack against its Damascus consulate earlier this month.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported shortly before 2am on Sunday that sirens were sounding across the country. Journalists with France’s AFP said they also heard blasts. There were no reports of casualties.

The reports came hours after the Iranian attacks began on Saturday evening. US and UK forces shot down more than 100 Iranian drones before they could reach Israeli airspace, according to the IDF.

“Together with our partners, the IDF is operating at full force to defend the state of Israel and the people of Israel,” military spokesman Danial Hagari said. “This is a mission that we are determined and ready to fulfill.”

Tensions between West Jerusalem and Tehran have escalated since the Israel-Hamas war began last October. An April 1 missile strike killed seven Iranian military officers, including a top commander and his deputy, in Damascus.

Israel is preparing for several days of clashes with Iran, and an Israeli response to Saturday’s airstrikes is expected, local broadcaster KAN reported. Iran’s diplomatic mission to the UN suggested that Tehran may be satisfied with its retaliation for the attack on its Syrian consulate.

“The matter can be deemed concluded,” the mission said in a statement. “However, should the Israeli regime make another mistake, Iran’s response will be considerably more severe. It is a conflict between Iran and the rogue Israeli regime, from which the US must stay away.”

The statement also noted that Saturday’s military action was carried out under Article 51 off the UN Charter, concerning the rights of nations to “legitimate defense.”