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Iran launches drones against Israel! Netanyahu gives the first declaration of war

Iran launches drones against Israel! Netanyahu gives the first declaration of

For the first time, Iran is attacking Israel directly from its own territory. Israeli officials have confirmed that dozens of drones and missiles were launched this evening towards Israel. After the two-hour attack, in retaliation for the assassination in Damascus, the IDF spokesman announced a dramatic change in the directives of the Home Front Command and later declared that the airspace would be closed.

Thus, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu upon arriving at the Kirya base in Tel Aviv immediately convened the war cabinet.

Netanyahu assured that: "in recent years and even more so in recent weeks, Israel has been preparing for the possibility of a direct attack from Iran. Our defense systems are in place, we are prepared for any scenario, both defensively and offensively. The State of Israel is strong, the IDF is strong, the public is strong."

"We appreciate the US standing by Israel, as well as the support of Great Britain, France and many other countries. I have established a clear principle, whoever hurts us, we hurt him. We will defend ourselves against any threat and we will do so with coolness and determination. I know that you, the citizens of Israel, are also keeping your cool. I call on you to listen to the directives of the Home Front Command," Netanyahu added.

IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Daniel Hagari confirmed reports that Iran has already launched drones toward Israel.

"We are monitoring the threat in the airspace. It is a threat that takes several hours to reach the territory of the State of Israel. The IDF and the Air Force are implementing the regular plan we have prepared for," Hagari said.

He added: "As part of the preparations, GPS services will be unavailable. The outage is proactively planned. If we detect additional threats with shorter arrival times, we will inform you immediately. You are asked to be vigilant and act in accordance with the directives of the Home Front Command. We know that we have faced these threats in the past.

He clarified that the IDF works in close cooperation with the US and partners in the region. So, the US National Security Council stated that President Biden is being regularly updated on the situation and that he has requested urgent consultations with his national security team.