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Iran Issues Warning of Further Strikes in Response to Potential Israeli or US Retaliation

The recent escalation of tensions in the Middle East reached a critical point on Saturday night as Iran launched a significant airstrike targeting Israel with over 300 drones and missiles. This marked Iran’s first direct assault on the Israeli state, underscoring the gravity of the situation and threatening to plunge the region into further chaos.

In response to the attack, Tehran issued a stark warning, stating that any retaliation from Israel or the United States would result in even greater force being unleashed. Maj Gen Mohammad Bagheri, the chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces, conveyed this message on state TV, emphasizing Iran’s readiness to defend itself against any aggression.

Despite claims of intercepting the majority of the launches, Israel confirmed that some ballistic missiles had breached its defenses, causing damage to the Nevatim airbase in the south of the country. Assistance from key Western allies, including the US and UK, was instrumental in thwarting the attack, with RAF jets reportedly shooting down Iranian drones involved in the assault.

As the UN Security Council prepared to convene an emergency session, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) provided insights into the scale of the attack, revealing that more than 350 missiles were launched from multiple countries, including Iran, Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen. Despite the interception success rate being lauded as a “significant strategic success,” the situation remains tense as Israel weighs its response.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reaffirmed Israel’s determination to defend itself, emphasizing unity in the face of adversity. However, no decision regarding a retaliatory action has been made as of Sunday morning, pending discussions within the Israeli war cabinet.

In a coordinated effort to address the escalating crisis, US President Joe Biden reaffirmed America’s unwavering commitment to Israel’s security during a phone call with Netanyahu. Biden also announced plans to convene G7 leaders to coordinate a united diplomatic response to Iran’s aggression, highlighting the gravity of the situation on the global stage.

The aftermath of the airstrike saw widespread concern over the potential ramifications for regional stability, with fears of a broader conflict looming large. As tensions continue to simmer, the fate of the Middle East hangs in the balance, awaiting Israel’s response and international diplomatic efforts to de-escalate the crisis.

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