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Israel Defense Forces releases assertion amidst Iranian assault

Rishi Sunak confirmed that RAF jets helped shoot down among the 330 Iranian drones and missiles launched at Israel in a single day.

Sirens wailed and heavy thuds and bangs have been heard from what native media referred to as aerial interceptions of explosive drones on Saturday night time.

The Israeli army stated greater than 99 per cent of the drones and missiles have been intercepted with assist from allies together with the US, UK and France – however a number of ballistic missiles reached Israeli territory, inflicting minor injury to an air base.

Mr Sunak stated: “I can confirm that our planes did shoot down a number of Iranian attack drones. I want to pay tribute to the bravery and professionalism of our pilots flying into the face of danger to protect civilians.”

The prime minister referred to as for “calm heads to prevail” following the assaul and forward of a gathering of G7 leaders amid fears of additional escalation within the occasion of a potential Israeli counter-strike.

The assault got here amid rising tensions following an assault on the Iranian consulate within the Syrian capital Damascus.

Tehran had vowed retaliation for the strike earlier this month which killed a number of of its senior army leaders even because the US and its allies made intense diplomatic efforts to try to include the fallout.

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Watch: Circle of data on Middle East battle needs to be very tight, says Tory minister

Rishi Sunak is anticipated to hitch US President Joe Biden on the decision on Sunday amid fears of additional escalation within the occasion of a potential Israeli counter-strike.

Ms Atkins was requested whether or not the Cabinet was consulted earlier than RAF planes have been deployed to guard Israel agains the Iran assault when she appeared on BBC’s Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg programme as we speak.

She replied: “Of course there are relevant Cabinet ministers in that (Cobra) meeting.”

Circle of data on Middle East battle needs to be very tight, says Tory minister

Tory minister Victoria Atkins has stated the “circle of knowledge” on the battle within the Middle East needs to be “very, very tight”, as G7 leaders maintain pressing talks after Iran launched an unprecedented assault on Israel. Rishi Sunak is anticipated to hitch US President Joe Biden on the decision on Sunday (14 April) amid fears of additional escalation within the occasion of a potential Israeli counter-strike. Ms Atkins was requested whether or not the Cabinet was consulted earlier than RAF planes have been deployed to guard Israel in opposition to the Iran assault when she appeared on BBC’s Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg programme as we speak. She replied: “Of course, there are relevant Cabinet ministers in that (Cobra) meeting.”

Lucy Leeson14 April 2024 12:50

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Iran notified neighbours of strikes

Iran notified its neighbours of its strikes on Israel 72 hours upfront, Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian stated on Sunday.

“About 72 hours prior to our operations, we informed our friends and neighbours in the region that Iran’s response against Israel was certain, legitimate, and irrevocable,” Amirabdollahian stated at a press convention.

Athena Stavrou14 April 2024 12:43

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Sunak says Iran ‘determined to sew discord’ in ‘their own back yard’

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said of Iran’s assault on Israel: “This was a dangerous and unnecessary attack.”

“It’s clear that Iran is determined to sew discord” within the area “in their own back yard”, he added.

“If (the attack was) successful the fallout for regional stability would be hard to overstate.”

Athena Stavrou14 April 2024 12:32

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Sunak chairs Cobra assembly forward of G7 assembly this afternoon

Rishi Sunak stated he chaired a Cobra assembly with Cabinet ministers on Friday to “agree a plan of action” over Iran’s assault on Israel, because the Prime Minister confirmed further RAF pilots have been despatched to the area.

He stated the UK already has a army presence within the Middle East as a part of its operations in opposition to the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Mr Sunak stated he can be assembly with G7 leaders later this afternoon.

Athena Stavrou14 April 2024 12:22

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Sunak confirms RAF shot down Iranian drones

Speaking from Downing Street, Rishi Sunak stated: “I want to pay tribute to the bravery of our pilots.”

He stated lives have been saved “not just in Israel, but in neighbouring countries such as Jordan as well”.

“I can confirm that our pilots did shoot down a number of Iranian attack drones.”

He stated Iran despatched each missiles and assault drones and didn’t specify what number of have been shot down by RAF forces.

(Benjamin Cremel/PA Wire)

Athena Stavrou14 April 2024 12:22

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Sunak to hitch G7 leaders in pressing talks after Iran assaults Israel

G7 leaders are to carry pressing talks after Iran launched an unprecedented assault on Israel that noticed RAF jets deployed to shoot down drones from Tehran.

Rishi Sunak is anticipated to hitch US President Joe Biden on the decision on Sunday amid fears of additional escalation within the occasion of a potential Israeli counter-strike.

Britain and the US have supplied staunch help for Israel, with the Ministry of Defence saying RAF warplanes in Iraq and Syria had been deployed to intercept “any airborne attacks within range of our existing missions”.

Athena Stavrou14 April 2024 11:07

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Israeli struggle cupboard to fulfill at 12:30 GMT, says Israeli official

Israel’s struggle cupboard is because of meet at 3:30pm (12:30pm GMT) to debate a response to the drone and missile assault launched by Iran in a single day, an Israeli official stated.

Athena Stavrou14 April 2024 10:38

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Watch: Explosions gentle up Amman sky as Iran launches dozens of missiles and drones at Israel

Iran launched dozens of missiles and drones towards Israel within the early hours of Sunday morning.

Residents reported seeing missiles within the sky and listening to explosions, probably from interceptions above the Jordanian capital.

The Israeli army says Iran fired greater than 100 bomb-carrying drones towards Israel.

Hours later, Iran introduced it had additionally launch rather more harmful ballistic missiles and cruise missiles.

Iran had been threatening to assault Israel after an airstrike earlier this week broadly blamed on Israel destroyed Iran’s consulate in Syria, killing 12 individuals, together with two elite Iranian generals.

Brian Alford14 April 2024 10:18

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Victoria Atkins stated the “circle of knowledge” on the battle within the Middle East needs to be “very, very tight”

The well being secretary has been tight-lipped in regards to the UK response to Iran when requested whether or not the Cabinet was consulted earlier than RAF planes have been deployed to guard Israel.

Speaking to the BBC’s Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg programme, the Health Secretary stated: “Of course there are relevant Cabinet ministers in that (Cobra) meeting.

“You will appreciate the circle of knowledge on this has to be very, very tight because of the sensitivities and the danger that is involved for everyone in the region.”

Asked whether or not the Government would proscribe the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, she stated: “We keep all of these issues under constant review.”

Ms Atkins stated she is “not in a position to confirm or deny” whether or not British jets have already shot down Iranian drones.

Zoe Grunewald14 April 2024 10:14

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Labour backs authorities motion in Middle East

Labour has backed the UK Government motion taken in a single day to assist shield Israel.

Shadow house secretary Yvette Cooper advised the BBC’s Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg programme: “Let’s be clear, we support the existing Government missions in the Middle East and continue to do so.

“That is important. We also think that it is important that action was taken overnight to prevent the Iranian strikes on Israel because we should be clear that if action hadn’t been taken to prevent those strikes, we would have seen further escalation and further risk of widening conflict.”

Athena Stavrou14 April 2024 09:50

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iran-strikes-israel-attack-live-updates-b2528505.html