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Iran attack on Israel

Most missiles launched from Iran were intercepted outside Israel's borders by the Arrow air defense system, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement released on the night of April 14.

A hit was recorded on a military base in southern Israel, the facility “suffered minor damage,” reports IDF. The attack involved more than 200 missiles and drones, Israeli army spokesman Daniel Hagari said. Over the past few hours, events have unfolded as follows:

Saturday evening, April 13, Israel launched about fifty drones towards Israel. The Israel Defense Forces confirmed the launch, saying it is familiar with the threat and knows how to deal with it.

22:52 Israel closed its airspace for three hours, starting at 1 am. Jordan previously closed its skies to civil aviation. Iran announced this in Tehran. The IDF confirmed the Iranian drone launch, saying the army is familiar with the threat and knows how to deal with it.

23:19 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the evening of Saturday, April 13, addressed the country's citizens about the Iranian attack, saying that Israel had been preparing for this for years. In the address, the Israeli Prime Minister noted that the country is ready for a direct attack from Iran, both defensively and offensively, and will retaliate: “I have established a clear principle – whoever harms us, we will harm him in return. We will defend ourselves against any threat, let’s do it calmly and decisively.”

23:40 Iran confirmed the launch of the UAV and announced the earliest possible launch of a missile attack on Israel, reports the Iranian Fars agency.

23:42 Jordan is ready to intercept drones and missiles that fly through its territory towards Israel, reports Reuters.

23:45 The White House said Biden's team is in constant communication with Israeli officials as well as other partners and allies. “President Biden has made it clear: Our support for Israel's security is ironclad. The United States will stand with the people of Israel and support their defense against these threats from Iran,” the statement said.

23:59 Information appeared in the Arab media that an explosion was heard in the center of Tehran.

14th of April

00:07 Jordan has opened its airspace to Israeli Air Force fighter jets.

00:08 Israel has begun intercepting Iranian drones over Syria and Jordan, Israel's Channel 12 reported.

00:22 The Iranian Ministry of Defense has stated that any country that opens its territory or airspace to attacks Israel on Iran, “will receive our direct response.”

00:24 Between 400 and 500 drones and missiles will be launched into Israel from Iraq, Syria, southern Lebanon and Yemen, but the bulk will be launched from Iran, ABC NEWS reports.

00:37 Air defense begins operating in Tel Aviv. Videos of air defense missiles flying over are appearing on social networks.

00:44 Arab media report the first launches of Iranian ballistic missiles towards Israel.

00:58 British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said London will continue to defend the security of Israel and all regional partners, including Jordan and Iraq.

01:05 Iranian oppositionists condemn the attack on Israel and call for an uprising. Prominent Iranian opposition figures have denounced Iran's drone attack on Israel as contrary to the will of the majority of Iranians, whom they urge to oppose the regime of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. In particular, Iran's Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi, who lives in exile in the United States, came out with condemnation.

01:25 Israeli media quoted Israeli officials as saying that there is no information that ballistic missiles were launched from Iran at Israel.

01:27 The United States shot down a number of Iranian UAVs heading towards Israel, ABC reports.

01:46 The Israeli publication Times Of Israel, citing an Israeli defense official, reported that more than a hundred Iranian UAVs have already been intercepted by the US and British military outside Israeli airspace.

01:51 Alarms are sounding in many cities in Israel, including Jerusalem.

01:55 Iran's mission to the UN says it considers the attack on Israel “complete”. “The matter can be considered completed,” the report said. “However, if the Israeli regime makes another mistake, Iran's response will be much stricter.”

2:29 Amman media reports that debris from an Iranian missile shot down by air defense forces over Jordanian Amman fell on the city.

2:31 Celebrations continue in Tehran over the attack on Israel. Hundreds of people with Iranian flags took to the streets of the city at night.

02:44 US President Joe Biden said he met with his national security team to get the latest on Iran's attacks on Israel. “Our commitment to ensuring Israel's security from threats from Iran and its proxies is unwavering,” he said after the meeting.

03:08 As a result of Iran's overnight attack on Israel, 99% of the drones were shot down. This was reported by the Israeli portal Ynet with reference to anonymous Israeli officials. They also promised a “decisive response to Iran” in the near future.

03:15 Iran fired a total of 150 missiles at Israel during the overnight attack. This was reported by ABC News, citing a senior American official.

3:18 The IDF said that in total more than 200 missiles of various types were fired at Israel. Most of them were intercepted, some fell on Israeli territory. At these moments, Israeli aviation continues to hunt for cruise missiles outside Israeli air zone.

03:36 UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack on Israel. “I have repeatedly noted that neither the region nor the world can afford another war,” the UN Secretary General emphasized.

04:14 The Israel Defense Forces said one rocket hit an IDF base in the south of the country and caused minor damage to infrastructure.

04:17 The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Sunday to discuss Iran's attacks on Israel. Israel's U.N. Ambassador Gilad Erdan requested the emergency meeting in a letter Saturday evening.

04:37 The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting in the afternoon (US time) on Sunday 14 April to discuss Iran's attack on Israel.

05:02 The US Congress will next week consider a bill to support Israel, the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives said. However, from the text of the announcement it is not clear which document the House of Representatives will vote for, whether we are talking about the same package of assistance to foreign allies, which combines funding for Israel with the help of Ukraine and Taiwan.

05:16 US President Joe Biden had a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House said.

05:21 Al Jazeera reports more rocket attacks on Israel coming out of Lebanon.

06:34 Israel will coordinate its response with its allies, The New York Times reported, citing an anonymous Israeli official. The comment came after reports emerged that the US was worried that Israel might strike Iran recklessly and without consulting it.

06:50 US President Joe Biden will meet with G7 leaders on Sunday to “coordinate a common diplomatic response to Iran's brazen attack,” the White House said.

The New York Times reported, citing Israeli officials, that 185 kamikaze drones, 36 cruise missiles and 110 surface-to-surface missiles were fired into the country overnight. Most of the launches were carried out from Iranian territory, and a small part from Iraq and Yemen.

The Israel Defense Forces reported that 99% of all missiles and drones were shot down, most of them outside Israeli territory. Air defense forces took part in the defense, including the Iron Dome and David's Sling systems, as well as fighter aircraft from the Israeli, US and British armies. The Jordanian armed forces also joined the defense.

Iran said it successfully hit intended military targets in Israel. Israel, for its part, declares that there is no destruction. One military base in the Negev desert was slightly damaged. There are no casualties. Several civilians were injured by debris from downed shells and were hospitalized.

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