Iran’s drone attack latest news: Israel braces for huge aerial assault after Tehran launches 100 kamikaze aircraft and missiles toward Tel Aviv


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American warship ‘leading naval force in Eastern Mediterranean’ with 2,500 marines onboard

US Congressional sources say the amphibious war ship Bataan is leading a US naval task force in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Bataan has two support ships and together they have about 2,500 Marines onboard. The US also has several guided missile destroyers including the Carney in the area.

US bases in Iraq have been placed on full alert and will also attempt to shoot down missiles and drones aimed at Israel. In addition, the US has two destroyers and a Cruiser in the Red Sea that are fully armed with anti-missile weapons and they too are under orders to shoot down any Israeli bound missiles or drones.

US shoots down Iranian drone headed towards Israel

The US 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.

Israel puts occupied Golan Heights on high alert for drone attacks

Israel’s military put the northern part of the occupied Golan Heights as well as Nevatim, Dimona and Eilat on standby for possible impact from Iranian drone launches early on Sunday, instructing residents to stay close to bomb shelters.

The Golan was captured from Syria in a 1967 war. Nevatim is the site of an Israeli air base. Israel has a nuclear reactor on the outskirts of Dimona. Eilat is Israel’s southern Red Sea port, which has come under repeated attack by Yemen’s Houthis.

Iran warns US to ‘stay away’ from conflict with Israel

Iran’s mission to the United Nations has warned the United States to ‘stay away’ from its conflict with Israel.

On X Twitter, the mission the UN said: ‘Conducted on the strength of Article 51 of the UN Charter pertaining to legitimate defense, Iran’s military action was in response to the Zionist regime’s aggression against our diplomatic premises in Damascus.

‘The matter can be deemed concluded. 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 U.S. MUST STAY AWAY!’

This comes after President Joe Biden on Friday warned Iran against attacking Israel after saying such a scenario appeared imminent and pledged to stand with Israel against Iran.

EU chief condemns Iran’s ‘unprecedented escalation’

The European Union’s foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell condemned Iran’s strikes on Israel Saturday as an ‘unprecedented escalation’.

‘The EU strongly condemns the unacceptable Iranian attack against Israel,’ he wrote on the platform X.

‘This is an unprecedented escalation and a grave threat to regional security.’

Jordan denies it is in a state of emergency

A spokesperson for the government of Jordan has denied the kingdom announced a state of emergency and said media reports it did were baseless and ‘there was no cause for concern among its citizens’.

Minister of Government Communications Muhannad Mubaideen told state news agency Petra the government would take legal measures against any outlet that spread rumours or accusations that are not verified.

Biden meets in situation room with national security advisers

US president Joe Biden has begun his meeting in the situation room with national security advisers following the Iranian attacks on Israel, Reuters reports.

Iran-backed Huthi rebels in Yemen launch drones at Israel in coordinated attack

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.

Breaking:British jets ‘down Iranian drones over Iraq-Syria border’

British and American jets have downed some Israel-bound Iranian drones over the Iraq-Syria border area, Israel’s top-rated Channel 12 TV reported, according to news agency Reuters.

Foreign Secretary Lord Cameron condemns Iran’s ‘reckless attacks on Israel’

Foreign Secretary Lord Cameron has condemned Iran’s attacks on Israel.

Posting on X/Twitter, he said: ‘Iran’s reckless attacks on Israel will only further inflame tensions in the Middle East.

‘The UK calls on the Iranian regime to stop this serious escalation, which is in no one’s interest.

Rishi Sunak blasts Iran for ‘reckless’ drone attack against Israel

Rishi Sunak has condemned ‘in the strongest terms’ Iran’s ‘reckless attack’ against Israel after officials in Jerusalem said Tehran had launched drones towards the country.

The Prime Minister said the UK will ‘continue to stand up for Israel’s security and that of all our regional partners, including Jordan and Iraq’ following the regional escalation.

It comes as Tehran launched some 100 kamikaze drones towards Israel, in a ‘dangerous escalation’, of the conflict in the region.

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Iran launches more than 100 drones and missiles at Israel

Iran has launched more than 100 drones and missiles to attack Israel that are set to hit within hours, after Israel announced it was closing all schools amid fears of an upcoming attack from the rogue state

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  • Iran warns US to ‘stay away’ from conflict with Israel

  • British jets ‘down Iranian drones over Iraq-Syria border’

  • Iran launches more than 100 drones and missiles at Israel