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Iran Launches Drones Towards Israel: IDF on High Alert

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On Saturday, April 13, 2024, Iran launched unmanned aircrafts from its territory towards Israel, according to Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson Hagari. The IDF and the Israeli Air Force are implementing their plan prepared for this situation, and the IDF is on high alert, monitoring all targets.

Hagari urged Israelis to be vigilant and follow directives in accordance with the plans. He said the IDF is prepared and ready for all its formations in defense and attack, working closely with the U.S. and partners in the region to act against the launches and intercept them. However, he warned that protection is never hermetic, and it is crucial to follow the instructions and obey the directives of the Home Front Command, as they save lives.

President Biden will meet with principals of the National Security Council to discuss the situation in the Middle East in the White House Situation Room. Biden has been briefed on the matter by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Principal Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer.

Iran has begun its retaliatory strikes against Israel, according to three U.S. officials. The attacks are beginning with drones, but they expect Iran to launch missiles as part of what is expected to be an hourslong operation that will last late into the night. The U.S. is prepared to help defend Israel with ships, including the USS Carney, a destroyer that has been involved in shooting down Houthi projectiles but is now repositioned to help Israel, as well as other destroyers and assets.

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said earlier this week that Israel “must be punished, and it will be punished.” His remarks came after Israel’s Foreign Minister Israel Katz said on X that his country “will respond and attack in Iran” if it attacked from within its territory.

The United States has restricted travel for its staff in Israel, as fears grow of an imminent retaliatory attack by Iran. The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem issued a security alert Thursday restricting its employees and their family members from personal travel outside the greater Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Be’er Sheva areas until further notice “out of an abundance of caution.”

Israel’s foreign minister threatened Wednesday that his country’s forces would strike Iran directly if the Islamic Republic launched an attack from its territory against Israel. “If Iran attacks from its territory, Israel will respond and attack in Iran,” Israel Katz said in a post on X in Farsi and Hebrew.

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