Israel attacks Iran in retaliation to Tehran’s missle attack

by | Apr 19, 2024 | International | 0 comments

Israel has launched a strike against Iran in retaliation for Tehran’s unprecedented missile-and-drone assault on the country at the weekend.

Air defences were fired in several provinces, including from a major military airbase and nuclear facilities near the central city of Isfahan, where state media said three drones had been shot down.

So far, there have not been any reports of damage or casualties. Israel has declined to comment, but a US source familiar with the situation has described the operation as a strike.

Speaking to Sky News’ US partner NBC, they also said Washington had been notified in advance.

The attack coincided with the birthday of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Meanwhile, Iran has no plans for immediate retaliation, a senior official has said.

Speaking to Reuters, the unnamed official said the country was looking at whether the operation was an “infiltration” rather than an “external attack”.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi had warned before Friday’s strike that Tehran would deliver a “severe response” to
any attack on its territory.

The US and other countries, including the UK, had also urged Israel not to respond to Iran’s recent assault, which followed an airstrike on the its embassy in Damascus.

It comes amid heightened tensions in the Middle East, as Israel continues its war against Iran backed Hamas in Gaza, following the deadly incursion by the militant group on 7 October.

The airbase in Isfahan has long has been home to Iran’s fleet of American-made F-14 Tomcat fighter jets, bought before the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

There is also a nuclear site and although Tehran says its work is peaceful, the West believes the regime aims to build a weapon.

Iranian state media television said the facilities near the city were “fully safe”.

The UN’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, also said there was no damage but said it was monitoring the situation “very closely” and called for “extreme restraint”.

Sky News



Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



WordPress PopUp Plugin