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Iran considers itself vindicated but threatens a “stronger” response if Israel retaliates

The president of WillEbrahim Raisi, warned on Sunday that any “reckless” response from Israel to its unprecedented missile and drone attack launched on Saturday night will entail a much “stronger” military response.

O Islamic Republic launched its first direct attack on Saturday Israelmarking a major escalation of the conflict between the two regional enemies and with the war between the Israeli army and fighters from Hamas at the Gaza strip as a background.

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Tehran has repeatedly threatened to respond to the bombing of its consulate in Damascus on April 1. an attack that he attributed to Israel and in which seven Revolutionary Guards were killed, including two generals.

The United States also warned of the imminent Iranian response, which, according to the Israeli army, involved the launch of 300 drones and missiles against its territory.

The attack, the first Iran carried out against Israel from its territory, left 12 injured, according to the Armed Forces.. Among the injured was a seven-year-old girl from the Israeli city of Arad, who was transferred to intensive care, according to the medical center that received her.

Israeli military spokesman Daniel Hagari said 99% of the drones and missiles were intercepted with help from the United States, Jordan and other allies. “The Iranian attack was thwarted,” he said.

Raisithe Iranian leader, warned on Sunday that “If the Zionist regime [de Israel] or their allies” demonstrated “reckless behavior”, they will receive “a decisive and much stronger response”.

Aggression also coincides with the rejection of Hamasaccording to the Israeli Mossad, of a new proposal ceasefire in Gazapresented by Qatar, Egypt and the United States, which also allows the release of hostages held in Palestinian territory.

The attack was condemned by many countries and the UN Security Council will meet urgently this Sunday to discuss this “serious and dangerous escalation”.

The G7 heads of state and government will hold a video conference this Sunday afternoon “to discuss the Iranian attack against Israel”, announced the Italian government, which currently presides over the group of main Western powers.

“terrifying” situation

Before the attack, the Israeli army had warned that Tehran “will suffer the consequences of its decision to worsen the situation”.

On Saturday, the Revolutionary Guard intercepted a ship “linked” to Israeli interests in the Strait of Hormuz with 25 crew members on board.putting the entire region on alert.

Parallel to the aggression, the Hezbollah Lebanese and the rebels Houthis of Yemen, both allies Willcarried out their own attacks against Israel.

A Lebanese movement source told AFP that Israeli bombing hit a group building in the east of the country, leaving no casualties.

AFP journalists said they heard several explosions in Jerusalem on Sunday morningwhile the inhabitants sought shelter and fetched water.

“The situation is really scary,” Ayala Salant, 48, told AFP.

Israel, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon reopened their airspace after closing it during the attack. The government of Jordan, a country neighboring Israel, reported that it intercepted “flying objects” in its airspace during the aggression.

O “Operation Honest Promise“He achieved “all his objectives”, celebrated the head of the Iranian armed forces, Mohammed Baghari, specifying that the attack targeted an intelligence center and an air base that, according to Tehran, served for the F-35 fighters that bombed its consulate in Syria.

Thousands of people gathered in major Iranian cities to support the attack. In Tehran, hundreds of people gathered in Palestine Square waving Iranian and Palestinian flags and chanting slogans against the United States and Israel.

Reactions and war in Gaza

From the Vatican, Pope Francis launched an “urgent appeal” to stop “a spiral of violence” that could “drag the Middle East into an even greater conflict”.

The American president, Joe Biden condemned the attack and reaffirmed on the X network that Israel’s commitment to security was “iron”.

The Iranian mission to the UN has called on the United States to “stay out” of its conflict with Israel.

The European Union condemned the attack, calling it an “unprecedented escalation.”

Tehran summoned the ambassadors of France, the United Kingdom and Germany over “the irresponsible positions of some officials in these countries regarding Iran’s response.”

In Latin America, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay condemned the aggression and expressed their concern about the escalation of tensions. Brazil and Mexico called for “containment”.

Venezuela, in turn, attributed the deterioration of the situation in the Middle East to the “genocide in Palestine and the irrationality of the Israeli regime, as well as the inaction” of the UN.

China, however, called on “the international community (…) to play a constructive role for peace and stability in the region”. And Russia, calling for restraint, urged countries in the region to “find a solution to existing problems.”

The escalation takes place against the backdrop of the war between Israel and Hamas, a movement supported by Iran and in power in the Gaza Strip.

The war broke out when fighters from the Palestinian Islamic movement killed around 1,170 people in Israel, most of them civilians, according to an AFP calculation based on official Israeli data.

They also took 250 hostages, of which 129 remain in Gaza, including 34 who are believed to have died, according to Israeli authorities.

In response, Israel promised to “annihilate” Hamas and launched a relentless offensive that has left 33,729 people dead in Gaza, most of them civilians, according to the territory’s Ministry of Health, governed by Hamas since 2007.

Source: Elcomercio

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