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“The Middle East is on the brink. The population is facing the real danger of a devastating large-scale conflict. Now is the time to ease the tension, for maximum moderation and to take a step back from the abyss.” UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said this at the Security Council meeting. “We have a shared responsibility to actively involve all stakeholders to prevent further escalation,” he added. “Neither the region nor the world can afford more wars.”

The United States has emphasized its role in helping Israel counter Iran's airstrike. And President Joe Biden on Sunday convened the leaders of the G-7 countries in an effort to prevent a broader regional escalation and coordinate a global recovery from Tehran. In the meantime, reconstructions of the excited hours of Iran's attack on Israel are emerging. The United States helped Israel shoot down dozens of drones and missiles launched by Iran on Saturday night. Israeli authorities said 99 percent of the incoming weapons were shot down without causing significant damage. US officials say that despite the high rate of interceptions, Iran's intent was to “destroy and trigger casualties” and that, if successful, the attacks would cause an “uncontrollable” escalation across the Middle East. Orient.

The Biden-Netanyahu phone call

In the long night phone call that lasted about half an hour, Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in an attempt to contain tensions, that Washington would not participate in any offensive action against Iran, and the president made it “very clear” to Netanyahu “that we must think carefully and strategically”. ” on escalation risks.

The push to encourage Israel to show restraint mirrored ongoing American efforts to limit Israel's war against Hamas in Gaza, now in its seventh month, and to do more to protect civilian lives in the territory.

While the United States and its allies have been getting ready for days for such an assault, launches of drones, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles have been larger than anticipated, in line with officers, who informed AP what occurred on situation of anonymity.