Iran has launched over 300 drones at Israel

Iran launched an attack involving more than 300 drones, cruise and ballistic missiles towards Israel, the Israeli military said on Sunday.

The attack included 170 drones and 30 cruise missiles, none of which entered Israeli territory, and 110 ballistic missiles, of which a small number reached Israel, military spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said in a televised statement.

The shortest distance from Iran to Israel is about 1,000km (620 miles) across Iraq, Syria and Jordan.

The attack is expected to take “a number of hours to arrive in Israel,” Israel Defense Forces spokesperson Daniel Hagari said late on Saturday local time, asking Israelis to be “vigilant.”

In response, tens of Israeli fighter jets are now airborne on a “defense mission in Israeli airspace,” according to an Israeli military official, who said Israeli forces aim to intercept the drones before they reach Israeli skies.

Public shelters have been opened in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, while the Israeli transportation ministry has said it will close its airspace at 12:30 a.m. local time. Nearby Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon have also announced the temporary closure of their airspace. Israel’s Home Front Command said educational activities would be shut down and gatherings of more than 1,000 people would be prohibited.

Iran has launched over 100 drones at Israel

 

Iraqi security sources told Reuters that projectiles were seen flying over Iraq in the direction of Israel.

The IRGC said ballistic missiles were fired almost an hour after the slower moving drones so that they would strike Israel at roughly the same time.

The US defence department said US forces intercepted dozens of missiles and drones launched from Iran, Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

The Iran-backed Hezbollah group in Lebanon also said it had fired two barrages of rockets at an Israeli military base in the occupied Golan Heights, a plateau which Israel has annexed from Syria, in a move not recognised by most of the international community.

US President Joe Biden is meeting with his national security team to assess the attack, according to a US official.

The US National Security Council spokesperson, Adrienne Watson, said Saturday that Biden is “in constant communication with Israeli officials as well as other partners and allies,” and reaffirmed his position that the administration’s “support for Israel’s security is ironclad.”

Israel anticipates that Iran may launch additional waves of drones and is monitoring other Iranian assets for other types of attacks, an Israeli military official added.

“We have a very strong defensive posture in order to address anything flying towards Israel,” the official said.

US Navy forces in the Red Sea have previously intercepted long-range missiles launched from the Houthis in Yemen towards Israel. US forces in Iraq and Syria could also potentially intercept drones and rockets targeting northern Israel.

At this point, Israel has not decided how they will respond.