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ISRAEL UNDER UNPRECEDENTED ATTACK: Iran Fires Over 200 Drones & Missiles; US, UK, & Jordan Aid IDF In Interceptions

For the first time in Israeli history, Iran launched a direct attack from its territory at Israel, firing hundreds of drones and missiles, Israeli media reported on Motzei Shabbos at about 11 p.m.

When the attack began, the IDF spokesperson confirmed that Iran launched UAVs at Israel and requested that civilians heed the warnings of the Home Front Command. Hagari said that the drones will reach Israel in several hours and are being tracked by the Air Force. Channel 12 News reported that US intelligence officials first identified the launch and immediately notified Israel.

At about 11:20 p.m., Iran launched another round of drones and cruise missiles at Israel. About a half hour later, Iranian media reported that a third launch of drones was identified. Israeli security officials said that drones were also launched at Israel from Iraq and Yemen. At about 12:45 a.m. Iranian media reported the launch of medium-range ballistic missiles. At about 1:35 a.m., the IDF confirmed that Iran launched ballistic missiles at Israel.

US, British, Saudi and Jordanian forces assisted the Israeli Air Force in intercepting Iranian drones over Jordan, Iraq, and Syria. There were reports of explosions in those areas as the fighter jets destroyed most of the drones.

At about 1:15 a.m., the IDF spokesperson stated that “the residents of northern Ramat HaGolan, the Nevatim area, Dimona, and Eilat are asked to stay near a protected area until further notice. If a warning is sounded, you must enter the protected area.”

A senior US official told ABC News: “It is estimated that there will be 400-500 drones and missiles launched at Israel from Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and the Houthis, but most of them will be launched from Iran.”

At about 1:25 a.m, an Israeli security source told Army Radio that “over 100 UAVs launched at Israel have already been intercepted outside our territory by the US and Britain, out of hundreds of UAVs in total.”

Sirens went off in Jerusalem at about 1:46 a.m. along with numerous other cities across Israel. The sounds of booms were heard in Jerusalem. There were reports of a direct hit in Umm al-Fahm, an Arab-Israeli city in the Haifa area but it was later clarified that shrapnel from an interceptor missile fell in the city and no injuries were reported. A ten-year-old in a Bedouin town in the Negev, near the Israeli city of Arad,  was seriously injured by shrapnel from an interceptor missile. MDA paramedics evacuated him to Soroka Hospital in Be’er Sheva in serious condition, sedated and ventilated.

At about 2:50 a.m., a US official told ABC News that Iran launched another 70 missiles.

IDF spokesperson Daniel Hagari said at about 3 a.m. that most of the over 200 drones and ballistic missiles fired at Israel were intercepted outside of Israel, over the skies of Jordan, Syria and Iraq. He also reported that the Nevatim air base in the Negev was “slightly damaged.” There are reports that the air base was hit by seven ballistic missiles.

The IDF said that “the vast majority “of rockets and drones were intercepted. “A few impacts were identified, among them at a military base in the south of the country, with minor damage to infrastructure,” it said in a statement.

Shrapnel from an interceptor missile fell in a village in Jordan, causing a fire:

Videos of missiles intercepted over Jerusalem and Tel Aviv can be seen below.

Missiles over Har HaBayis:

Iranian missiles over the Knesset in Jerusalem.

Tel Aviv:

Direct hit in the Negev:

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu convened a meeting of the war cabinet shortly after midnight at the underground military headquarters in Tel Aviv. It was reported at about 2 a.m. that the war cabinet approved a military response to Iran’s attack.


Israel’s Airport Authority announced that Israeli airspace will close at 12:30 a.m. and remain closed until 7:30 a.m.

At about 11:40 p.m., Iran confirmed that it launched an attack against Israel with a statement by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) saying: “We attacked targets in Israel with dozens of drones and missiles in response to the crimes of the Zionist regime, including the attack on the ‘consulate wing’ of the Iranian ’embassy’ in Damascus and the killing of our commanders and military advisers in Syria.”

The Iranian Defense Minister threatened that “any country that opens its airspace or territory to Israel in order to attack Iran – will be met with our decisive response.”

White House NSC spokesperson Adrienne Watson said: “Iran has begun an airborne attack against Israel. President Biden is being regularly updated on the situation by his national security team and will meet with them this afternoon at the White House. His team is in constant communication with Israeli officials as well as other partners and allies. This attack is likely to unfold over a number of hours. President Biden has been clear: our support for Israel’s security is ironclad. The United States will stand with the people of Israel and support their defense against these threats from Iran.”


Unofficial #Iranian sources affiliated with the #Iranian_Revolutionary_Guards: About 50 drones were launched from Iranian territory towards #Israel. (1/2)

— AbuAliEnglish (@AbuAliEnglishB1) April 13, 2024


(YWN’s Jerusalem desk is keeping you updated after tzeis ha’Shabbos in Israel)

6 Responses

  1. …..within days of sending out draft notices to all the Bnei Torah, whos learning protects EY from all these threats R”L

  2. I had the thought during davening this morning to daven as if my good kavanos in davening are the only thing that will keep the people safe. I urge everyone reading this to take the same attitude. It seems simple and obvious, but it doesn’t hurt to reinforce it and tell others about it.

  3. At the time of the barrage: Arabs in Judea-Samaria celebrate the attack from Iran.
    Yair Amar, Srugim news
    04.14.24 | 02:48|

    During the missile and aircraft attack from Iran on Israel, Arabs in the villages of Judea and Samaria photographed the missiles passing over their houses and celebrated the Iranian launches
    During the Iranian attack against Israel, Arabs in communities in Judea and Samaria filmed the airstrikes and interceptions in Israeli skies and celebrated the attack on Israel…
    Many Israeli settlements in the Judea and Samaria region describe sounds of celebration from the nearby villages during the attack on Israel, according to reports from the field, the Arabs rejoiced at the light of the missiles in the air and whistled in contempt during the interceptions.

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