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What we covered here India calls on Iran to release 17 Indian crew members on board seized container ship Japanese prime minister condemns Iran's attack on Israel Blinken calls British and German counterparts following Iran's attackon Israel US forces destroyed more than 80 attack drones from Iran and Yemen, Central Command says Israeli and Iranian ambassadors trade accusations during UN Security Council session Israeli war cabinet says it's ready to respond to Iran's attack but delays immediate action. Here's the latest Blinken calls Turkish, Egyptian, Jordanian and Saudi counterparts following Iran's attack Iran will be held responsible if any action is taken against the US or Israel, deputy ambassador warns US Homeland Security doesn't find any "specific or credible threats" following Iran's attack on Israel Palestinian girl shot in mother's arms as they attempted to return to home in northern Gaza "No significant damage within Israel itself," senior US military official says "Now is the time for maximum restraint," UN Secretary-General says Israel is not seeking war after Iran's attack, President Herzog says Jordan summons the Iranian ambassador and warns against airspace violations Israel's defense ministerspeaks to US counterpart about Iran's attack Egypt's foreign minister speaks to top officials in Israel, Iran and the US Biden held call today with Congressionalleadersaboutsituation in theMiddleEast "It's the right thing to do." Israel's president says more humanitarian aid flowing into Gaza Israeli military official says approximately 350 rockets fired by Iran "We thought it was a joke." Here's some reaction on the ground to the Iranian missile attack Iran privately messaged the US that its retaliation was concluded, senior administration official says US ships destroy missiles headed for Israel, a senior official says There were tense moments in the White House Situation Room as Iran launched strikes, US official says Israel's war cabinet meeting ends without a decision on Iran attack response, an official says US Congressional leaders are at odds over next steps on providing more funds for Israel G7 leaderscondemn "in the strongest terms" Iran's attack against Israel World Food Programme bakery reopens in northern Gaza, Israeli agency says A Turkish source says Iran informed Turkey in advance of the attack and the country then informed the US Lebanese Hezbollah praises Iran's attack on Israel Israel's military calls in more reserve brigades for "operational activities" in Gaza Jordan's king tells Biden that ending Gaza war would prevent conflict from spreading across region German minister says Iran attack has brought the Middle East to "edge of abyss." Here's other reactions Photo shows some of White House attendees at G7 meeting to discuss response to Iran's attack Israel war cabinet meets to weigh response to Iran's attack. Catch up on the latest Israel extends cancellation of school through Monday after Iran attack House Intel Committee head urges White House to respond to escalating conflict in wake of Iran attack Iran has attacked Israel. Here's why, and what might come next Biden meets with G7 leaders to discuss a diplomatic response to Iran attack House should pass bipartisan national security aid package with funding for Israel, Schumer says Johnson says House will try to approve additional aid for Israel this week Analysis: Iran's attack appeared planned to minimize casualties while maximizing impact NATO condemns Iran's attack on Israel andcalls for restraint Iran attack shows US should stand unconditionally with Israel, Sen. Fetterman says Israel "will exact a price from Iran," war cabinet minister Benny Gantz vows Pope calls for dialogue and"no more attacks"in the Middle East Sound of drones must serve as "wake-up call to the free world," Ukraine's President Zelensky says 2 hardline Israeli ministers urge firm response to Iran attack Israel war cabinet is meeting now Iran foreign minister says neighboring countries were informed 72 hours before attack on Israel White House underscores Israel's "military superiority" as it seeks to contain risk of wider war Italy calls G7 meeting following Iran's attack against Israel Analysis: What happens next rests on if Israel will listen to the United States and not escalate Any new "aggression" against Iran will be met with "heavier and regrettable response," Iranian president says France helped monitor and detect Iranian drones heading to Israel, French military source says UK jets shot down "a number of Iranian attack drones" aimed at Israel, British prime minister says Israel will respond to Iran's attack, but the scope has yet to be determined, Israeli official says IDF says it struck Hezbollah weapons manufacturing site in Lebanon Hamas rejects proposal from Cairo ceasefire talks, diplomatic sourcesays Iranian airports suspend flights until Monday morning Iran says attack targeted Israeli base used to conduct strike on Iranian consulate in Damascus Iran continues its threats after launching an unprecedented attack on Israel last night. Here's what you need to know. Confrontation with Iran "not over yet," says Israeli defense minister Israel strikes building in Lebanon's Baalbek region, reports say Analysis: How Israel and allied defenses intercepted more than 300 Iranian missiles and drones Tehran warns it will respond directly if Israel attacks Iranian interests or assets Iraq reopens its airspace to all flights Israel's finance minister urges government to "learn lessons" and "move on to Rafah" Iran's army says operation has "concluded," warns US and Israel against future attacks Calls for restraint from world leaders following Iran's attack Israel’s military said it worked closely with US, UK and France during Iran’s attack Blinken says US to consult with allies "in the hours and days ahead" Israel's military says 99% of weapons fired by Iran intercepted "We have intercepted, we have contained," says Netanyahu Iran warns its response will be "stronger and more resolute" if Israel retaliates following latest strikes Biden to meet with G7 leaders Sunday as he condemns Iran's "brazen attack" US forces intercepted 70+ drones and at least three ballistic missiles, US officials say Defense experts weigh in on what steps Israel could take next Iran's attack on Israel lasted about five hours, officials say. Here's what we know Biden told Netanyahu US will not participate in offensive operations against Iran, US official says Biden tells Netanyahu tonight was a win, nothing of "value" hit in Israel, US official says No reports of injuries directly through Iranian strikes, according to Israel’s emergency service Israeli military says more than 55 rockets fired from Lebanon to Israel over past hour Iran's attack on Israel lasted about five hours, US officials say "Whoever harms us, we will harm them," says Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu US has significant military presence in region and has said it will defend Israel Iran launches retaliatory strikes toward Israel

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What we covered here

  • Israel’s war cabinet meeting ended Sunday without a decision on how Israel will respond to Iran’s attack, an Israeli official said. The government is determined to take action – and the military has been asked to provide options, the official added.
  • The Middle East was plunged into uncharted waters afterIranlaunched scoresof missiles toward Israel late Saturday. Israel’s military said “99%” of the more than 300 projectiles were intercepted by Israel and its partners.
  • US President Joe Biden and members of his national security team, seeking to contain the risk of a wider war, have told their counterparts the US will not participate in any offensive action against Iran, according to US officials familiar with the matter.
  • Tehran’s retaliatory attack had been anticipated sincea suspected Israeli strikeon an Iranian diplomatic complex in Syria earlier this month.
  • Here’s how to helphumanitarian efforts in Gaza and Israel.

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India calls on Iran to release 17 Indian crew members on board seized container ship

From CNN's Sandi Sidhu in Hong Kong

India has called on Iran to release 17 Indian crew members on board a container ship seized by Iran on Saturday.

Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said that he spoke to his Iranian counterpart Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian and “took up the release of 17 Indian crew members of MSC Aries.”

Four Filipino seamen were also on board the ship, according to the Philippine Department of Migrant Workers.

The department said it was working with its government, the ship owner, and the operator to release the captured seafarers.

On Saturday, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards seized an Israeli-linked container ship in a helicopter operation near the Strait of Hormuz, state news agency IRNA reported.

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) said there were 25 crew members on board.

Japanese prime minister condemns Iran's attack on Israel

From CNN's Junko Ogura in Tokyo

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Sunday said he “strongly condemns” Iran’s missile and drone attack on Israel.

“(The attack) further aggravates the current situation in the Middle East. We are deeply concerned and strongly condemn such an escalation,” Kishida told reporters.

Kishidasaid Japan would continue diplomatic efforts to “prevent the situation from worsening and to calm the situation down,” and “respond in cooperation with other countries.”

Blinken calls British and German counterparts following Iran's attackon Israel

From CNN's Philip Wang

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with his counterparts from the United Kingdom and Germany on Sunday following Iran’s attack on Israel, according to readouts from the State Department.

Blinken earlier held phone calls with his counterparts from Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, in which he emphasized the importance of avoiding escalation in the Middle East and of “a coordinated diplomatic response.”

US forces destroyed more than 80 attack drones from Iran and Yemen, Central Command says

From CNN's Philip Wang

US forces intercepted more than 80 one-way attack drones and at least six ballistic missiles from Iran and Yemen during its attack on Israel, according to a statement from the Central Command.

The operation included destroying a ballistic missile on its launcher vehicle and seven drones on the ground in Iranian-backed Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen, CENTCOM said.

Israeli and Iranian ambassadors trade accusations during UN Security Council session

From Abel Alvarado in Atlanta
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Israel’s UN ambassador Gilad Erdan shows a video of drones and missiles heading toward Israel during a United Nations Security Council meeting at UN headquarters in New York on Sunday.

Israel and Iran’s United Nations ambassadors condemned each other’s actions during Sunday’s UN Security Council emergency session called to address Iran’s attack on Israel.

Israel’s UN ambassador Gilad Erdan said Iran “must be stopped before it drives the world to a point of no return, to a regional war that can escalate to a world war.” Erdan accused Iran of seeking world domination and that its attack proved that Tehran “cares nothing, nothing for Islam or Muslims” before pulling out a tablet to show a video ofIsrael intercepting Iranian drones above Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Erdan calledonthe UN Security Council to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terror organization.

Iran’s UN Ambassador Amir Saeid Iravani said his country’s operation was “entirely in the exercise of Iran’s inherent right to self-defense, as outlined in Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations and recognized by international law.”

Iravani said:

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Iran’s UN Ambassador Amir Saeid Iravani speaks during the meeting on Sunday.

Tehran’s attack had been anticipated sincea suspected Israeli strikeon an Iranian diplomatic complex in Syria earlier this month.

Iravani added Iran has “no intention of engaging in conflict with the US in the region” but warned Iran will use its “inherent right to respond proportionately” should the US initiate a military operation against “Iran, its citizens or its security.”

Israeli war cabinet says it's ready to respond to Iran's attack but delays immediate action. Here's the latest

From CNN staff

The hours-long Israeli war cabinet meeting ended Sunday night without a decision on how Israel will respond to Iran’s missile and drone attack, an Israeli official said.

The cabinet is determined to respond— but has yet to decide on the timing and scope and the official said the military has been tasked with coming up with additional options for a response.

Separately, a senior Biden administration official told reporters that an Israeli official told the United States that it’s not looking to significantly escalate the showdown with Iran.

CNN analyst Barak Ravid said Israeli ministers Benny Gantz and Gadi Eisenkot advocated for swift action, but US President JoeBiden’s phone call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu led to a decision to delay the response untilthenextday.

Here are the latest headlines:

  • Retaliation is over, Iran told US: Iran privately messaged the United States that its retaliation against Israel had concluded, echoing what Tehran said publicly, according to a senior administration official.Late Saturday, Iran said its attack on Israel is a response to Israel’s strike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus, and “the matter can be deemed concluded.” However, President Ebrahim Raisi said any “new aggression against the interests of the Iranian nation will be met with a heavier and regrettable response,” according to Iran’s state news channel IRIB.
  • United Nations response: UN Secretary-General António Guterrescalled for a de-escalation of violence after Iran’s attack. Guterres said the United Nations and member countries have a “shared responsibility” to engage “all parties concerned to prevent further escalation.” He also called for a ceasefire in the Israel-Gaza conflict. “Neither the region nor the world can afford more war,” he said.
  • G7 and others: Amid a flurry of diplomatic activity in response to Iran’s attack, the G7 nations said they would work together to “stabilize the situation” in the Middle East, according to a statement from Biden. Also, Jordan summoned Iran’s ambassador in Amman on Sunday after it intercepted Iranian drones over the country.
  • Meanwhile in Gaza: As thousands of Palestinians were turned away from returning to their homes in northern Gaza on Sunday, a 5-year-old girl was shot in the head by Israeli soldiers, her mother said. Video showed a man carrying a 5-year-old girl named Sally Abu Laila, who was bleeding from her head, with people crowding around her in panic trying to cover her wound.

Also on Sunday:

  • Israel decided to lift its restrictions on large gatherings and to reopen schools on Monday.
  • The US Department of Homeland Security has not identified any “specific or credible threats” to the US since Iran attacked Israel.

Blinken calls Turkish, Egyptian, Jordanian and Saudi counterparts following Iran's attack

From CNN's Philip Wang

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday spoke with his counterparts in Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia following Iran’s attacks in Israel, according to readouts from the State Department.

During his phone calls, Blinken emphasized the importance of avoiding escalation in the region and the importance of “a coordinated diplomatic response.”

In his conversation with Jordan and Egypt, Blinken also underlined the significance of achieving an “enduring end to the crisis in Gaza.”

Iran will be held responsible if any action is taken against the US or Israel, deputy ambassador warns

From CNN’s Abel Alvarado
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US Deputy Ambassador to the UN Robert Wood speaks during a United Nations Security Council emergency session over Iran’s attack on Israel on Sunday in New York.

The United States warned Iranagainsttaking any action against the US or Israel during the UN Security Council emergency sessionover Iran’s attack on Israel.

The United States is “not seeking escalation, our actions have been purely defensive in nature,” adding that the “best way to prevent such escalation is an unambiguous condemnation of the council of Iran’s unprecedented large-scale attack,” he said.

The envoy reiterated US support for Israel and condemned Iran’s attack. “Iran’s intent was to cause significant damage and death in Israel,” Wood said.

Wood also said theUN Security Councilhad an “obligation to not let Iran’s actions go unanswered.”

“For far too long, Iran has flagrantly violated its international legal obligations,” he said beforelistingoccasions Iran has violated UN Security Council resolutions and international law.

Wood accused Iran of being in a “broad sense complicit” of the October 7 attack on Israel by providing “significant funding and training for the military wing of Hamas.”

He added the US will explore “additional measures to hold Iran accountable here in the UN.”

US Homeland Security doesn't find any "specific or credible threats" following Iran's attack on Israel

From CNN's Priscilla Alvarez

The US Department of Homeland Security has not identified any “specific or credible threats” to the US since Iran’s attack on Israel and is working with partners to evaluate the threat environment, a US official told CNN.

Earlier this month, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told reporters that there’s been a heightened threat environment amid the conflict in the Middle East.

A Homeland Security spokesperson said Sunday that the federal agency is continuing to monitor the situation and urging the public to remain vigilant.

Palestinian girl shot in mother's arms as they attempted to return to home in northern Gaza

From Mohammad Al-Sawalhi in Gaza and CNN’s Abeer Salman, Kareem Khadder and Zeena Saifi in Jerusalem

As chaos ensued after thousands of Palestinians were turned away from returning to their homes in northern Gaza on Sunday, a 5-year-old girl was shot in the head by Israeli soldiers, her mother said.

Video shows a man carrying a 5-year-old girl named Sally Abu Laila, who was bleeding from her head, with people crowding around her in panic trying to cover her wound.

Her mother Sabreen told CNN her daughter was in her arms when Israeli soldiers shot at her. Sabreen, alongside her four children, was trying to cross through the checkpoint, when two young men squeezed in between her and other women waiting in line, prompting Israeli soldiers to fire at them.

Eventually, she said she managed to get to Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital where her daughter is undergoing treatment. She told CNN she is still in intensive care. CNN has reached out to the Israeli military for comment on reports that its soldiers fired shots at civilians trying to head up north, but has not received a response.

Earlier, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said reports that people could return to their homes in northern Gaza were false. “The northern Gaza Strip continues to be an active war zone and return to the area is not currently permitted,” IDF said.

Read more about what happened to thousands of Palestinians as they attempted to return home here.

"No significant damage within Israel itself," senior US military official says

From CNN's MJ Lee,Kevin LiptakandPriscilla Alvarez
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Jerusalem's Old City is pictured at dawn Sunday after Iran launched a drone and missile attack on Israel.

AseniorUSmilitaryofficialsaidtheUnited States assessedthere was “no significant damagewithin Israel itself” after Iran’s missile and drone barrage.

Israeli military spokesperson Daniel Hagariappeared to echo the assessment on Sunday, saying that out of hundreds of rockets launched from Iran, only a few penetrated Israel, causing minor damage to the infrastructureat Nevatim airbase near the runway and to a road in the Hermon region.

Nevatim remained fully functional, and planes continued take-off and landing to fulfill their missions.

US President Joe Biden toldthe Israeli prime minister in his phone call Sunday that he should consider Saturday a win because Iran’s attacks had been largely unsuccessful and demonstrated Israel’s superior military capability, a senior administration official said.

John Kirby, the White House national security spokesman, said Sunday the ability to prevent widespread damage was a demonstration of Israel’s “military superiority” and proof that Iran was not the “military power that they claim to be.”

Read more about what US officials said here.

"Now is the time for maximum restraint," UN Secretary-General says

From CNN’s Abel Alvarado

UN Secretary-General António Guterrescalled for a de-escalation of violence on Sunday after Iran’s attack on Israel.

Guterres said the UN and member countries have a “shared responsibility” to engage “all parties concerned to prevent further escalation.”

He also called for a ceasefire in the Israel-Gaza conflict. “Neither the region nor the world can afford more war,” he said.

Israel is not seeking war after Iran's attack, President Herzog says

From CNN's Jennifer Hauser
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Israeli President Isaac Herzog speaks to CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Sunday.

Israel is not seeking war after Iran’s attack and “balance is needed in this situation,” Israeli President Isaac Herzog told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Sunday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is speaking with many world leaders and there is “intimate dialogue with allies” in response to Iran’s actions, he said.

Jordan summons the Iranian ambassador and warns against airspace violations

From CNN's Hamdi Alkhshali and Jomana Karadsheh

Jordan summoned Iran’s ambassador in Amman on Sunday after it intercepted Iranian drones over the country.

He emphasized that Jordan’s response would be the same whether the threat originated from Iran or Israel. “There was an assessment that there was a real danger of Iranian drones and rockets falling on Jordan, and the armed forces dealt with this threat,” Safadi said.

The recent escalation involving Iranian forces against Israel has heightened regional tensions, with Safadi noting that the continuation of the conflict in Gaza could lead to further destabilization.He criticized attempts to shift the focus from Gaza to broader regional conflicts, suggesting that some parties might be using the situation to provoke further confrontation.

Israel's defense ministerspeaks to US counterpart about Iran's attack

From CNN's EugeniaYosef and Abel Alvarado

Israeli Defense Minister YoavGallantspoke to US Secretary of DefenseLloydAustinon Sunday to provide a brief on the “preliminary conclusions” of the Israel military’s “defensive operations” after Iran’s attack.

Gallant expressed his “deep appreciation” towards Austin for his “leadership, and the unparalleled cooperation and coordination demonstrated by the defense establishments and militaries of both countries, together with international partners.”

According to a statement by Israel’s government, Gallant “highlighted the opportunity to establish an international coalition and strategic alliance to counter the threat posed by Iran – a state that threatens to place nuclear warheads on its missiles.”

The statement added that Israel’s defense “remains alert and prepared to face additional threats, including ongoing operations in Gaza, and efforts to release the hostages held by Hamas.”

Earlier, the United States said Austin asked Gallant to notify the US ahead of any potential response to the Iranian attack, according to another US official.

Egypt's foreign minister speaks to top officials in Israel, Iran and the US

From CNN's Hamdi Alkhshali
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Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry attends a press conference in Cairo on March 21.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry initiated phone conversations on Sunday with his counterparts in Iran, Israel and the United States following Iran’s missile attack on Israeli targets.

In a statement, the Egyptian foreign ministry said Shoukry emphasized the need for maximum restraint and cautioned against provocative actions and brinkmanship policies in the already-volatile Middle East.

He also stressed the importance of prioritizing diplomatic solutions amidst the ongoing crises in the Gaza Strip and the plight of the Palestinian people.

In his conversation with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Shoukry noted Egypt’s commitment to work alongside the US to contain the current crisis between Iran and Israel, according to a foreign ministry statement.

In his call, he reiterated Egypt’s ongoing efforts to halt the conflict in the Gaza Strip and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid.

Biden held call today with Congressionalleadersaboutsituation in theMiddleEast

From CNN's Gregory Clary, Michelle ShenandMelanie Zanona

President JoeBidenheldacallSunday withcongressionalleaders including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Mike Johnsonand House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries to discuss the ongoingsituationin theMiddleEast,according toanaide to Schumer.

The meeting comes as lawmakers remain divided about how to pass additional Israel funding in the wake of Iran’s unprecedented strikes against Israel on Saturday.

The main question in Congress revolves around whether to attach aid to Israel to a wider national security aid package that would include money sent to Ukraine and Taiwan as well.

The Senate has already passed this package, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers —including Schumer and McConnell — have argued that it is the fastest way to get aid to Israel.

This leaves Johnson and his GOP-controlled House in a complicated situation. The House previously struggled to pass a standalone Israel aid bill amid opposition from both sides of the aisle. But Johnson could drawire from the right if he ties it to Ukraine or puts the Senate bill on the floor.

Johnson has vowed to put some sort of Israel aid bill on the floor this week, but said the details are still being finalized.

"It's the right thing to do." Israel's president says more humanitarian aid flowing into Gaza

From CNN's Jennifer Hauser
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A truck carrying humanitarian aid for Gaza passes through the Kerem Shalom Crossing in southern Israel on March 14.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog said Sunday that Israel has dramatically escalated getting humanitarian aid to Gaza by working with allies to perform airdrops, opening up more crossings, and operating a maritime route.

He added that “it’s the right thing to do.”

Last week, the top US humanitarian official Samantha Power said it was “credible” to assess that famine is already occurring in parts of Gaza.

Asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer if Israel is using starvation as a weapon of war,Herzog rejected the claim:

Herzog also reiterated that there are still 135 Israeli hostages in Gaza who are “going through hell” and that Hamas has not told Israel the names of those dead or alive, and refuses to compromise with Israel.

On Sunday, a diplomatic source familiar with the negotiations confirmed that Hamas rejected the latest proposal from the recent Cairo talks to reach a ceasefire in Gaza.

In its response to the mediators, Hamas “reaffirmed their position” on the unrestricted right of Gazans to return north to their homes and the redeployment of Israeli troops away from central Gaza. Those are demands that Hamas has stuck to and Israel has resisted.

Some context: Israel this week has begun to take several major steps to ramp up aid to Gaza amid intense pressure from the United States, but humanitarian officials said progress was slow-going and that much more needed to be done, as warnings grew of famine in the enclave.

The post was updated with details on the humanitarian situation in Gaza and Herzog’s response to the question about starvation as a weapon.

Israeli military official says approximately 350 rockets fired by Iran

From CNN's Eugenia Yosef in northern Israel
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Objects are seen in the sky above Jerusalem early Sunday after Iran launched drones and missiles towards Israel.

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson Daniel Hagari said that Israel’s defensive coalition successfully thwarted the attack from Iran overnight.

Approximately 350 rockets were fired from Iran, Iraq, Yemen, and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, which carried about 60 tonnes of explosives, he said.

Hagari said it wasn’t just Israel that was threatened but the entire Middle East, pointing out that Iranian forces also seized a Portuguese-flagged ship.

Separately, Israeli President Isaac Herzog told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that Iran’s drones are killing people all over the world through its proxies and the world must stand up to the country and say no.

Iran has provided its proxies with weapons through the Houthis in Yemen and Hezbollah in Lebanon, for example, and also to Russia to fight in Ukraine.

Some background: US forces intercepted more than 70 one-way attack drones and at least 3 ballistic missiles fired toward Israel, according to two US officials familiar with the situation.

The ballistic missiles were intercepted by warships in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, one official said. The US Navy currently has two destroyers in that area, both are guided missile destroyers capable of intercepting missile and drone launches.

US fighter jets were also part of the US response to Iran’s attack on Saturday and shotdown drones launched toward Israel, another US official told CNN.

"We thought it was a joke." Here's some reaction on the ground to the Iranian missile attack

From CNN's Stephanie Freid

As Iran fired scores of missiles and drones toward Israel, there were mixed emotions among those on the ground.

For Tamara Jafar, a 34-year-old woman from historically Arab East Jerusalem, she said nobody in her neighborhood took the attack seriously.

David Levy, a 19-year-old student from the Givat Mordechai neighborhood in Jerusalem, said he first heard loud booms, “like I’ve never heard — ever — in my life,” then sirens.

Tour guide Evelyn Lufan thought Iran was simply making threats.

Iran privately messaged the US that its retaliation was concluded, senior administration official says

From CNN's Priscilla Alvarez

Iran privately messaged the United States that its retaliation against Israel had concluded, echoing what Iran said publicly, according to a senior administration official.

Late Saturday, Iran said its attack on Israel is a response to Israel’s strike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus, and “the matter can be deemed concluded.”

But earlier Sunday,Iran’s chief of staff warned the United States and Israel against any future attacks.

Mohammad Bagheri, the chief of staff of Iran’s Armed Forces, said Iran sent a message through the Swiss embassy warning the United States if it cooperates with Israel in its possible next actions, US bases will “not have any security” and will be “dealt with.”

US ships destroy missiles headed for Israel, a senior official says

From CNN's Aileen Graef

US ships operating in the eastern Mediterranean Sea engaged inand destroyed between four and six Iranian ballistic missiles during Iran’s attack on Israel, according to a senior US military official.

The official said the aircraft in the region shut down more than 70 Iranian one-way UAVs headed toward Israel. The US Army Patriot missile battery shut down one ballistic missile in the vicinity of Erbil, Iraq, determined to be en route to Israel.

The official said the missile was not believed to be targeting US or coalition forces.

There were tense moments in the White House Situation Room as Iran launched strikes, US official says

From CNN's Samantha Waldenberg
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President Joe Biden meets with members of the National Security team regarding the unfolding missile attacks on Israel from Iran on Saturday evening in the White House Situation Room. Some portions of this handout photo have been blurred by the source.

US President Joe Biden gathered Saturday night with his national security team for “real-time updates” on Iran’s attack against Israel amid what one senior administration official described as “tense moments” in the White House Situation Room.

One of the updates the president received was the timing of missile launches including when “over 100 ballistic missiles” were launched within minutes and when the results were unclear, the official said.

Overall, Iran launched more than 300 “air threats,” a senior military official told reporters Sunday. When it became clear that Israel’s defenses had succeeded in foiling the attack, “there was a bit of a relief,” the official said.

On Sunday, the president gathered his advisers early in the Situation Room, according to the same senior military official. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer, and Mideast coordinator Brett McGurk were all present, the official said.

Preparations ahead of Saturday’s attack started nearly two weeks ago, the same senior administration official said, including when Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and National Security Adviser Sullivan briefed the president on “the possibility of additional military deployments” during the Japanese prime minister’s visit to Washington this past week.

CNN’s Priscilla Alvarez contributed to this reporting.

Israel's war cabinet meeting ends without a decision on Iran attack response, an official says

From CNN's Jeremy Diamond

The hours-long war cabinet meeting ended Sunday night without a decision on how Israel will respond to Iran’s attack, an Israeli official said.

The cabinet is determined to respond– but has yet to decide on the timing and scope.

The official said the Israeli military has been tasked with coming up with additional options for a response.

Separately, a senior Biden administration official told reporters that an Israeli official told the United States that it’s not looking to significantly escalate the showdown with Iran.

Israel warcabinetminister Benny Gantz said earlier Sunday that Israel will “exact a price from Iran in a way and time that suits us.”

CNN’s Priscilla Alvarez contributed to this report.

US Congressional leaders are at odds over next steps on providing more funds for Israel

From CNN's Michelle ShenandMelanie Zanona
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House Speaker Mike Johnson holds a press conference at the U.S Capitol in Washington, DC, on April 10.

US Congressional leaders from both parties were quick to condemnIran’s retaliatory strikes on Israel this Saturdaybut remain at odds on how to pass additional Israel funding in the wake of the attacks.

House Speaker Mike Johnson said Sundayhe will move forward with a vote on additional Israel aid but did not go into specifics about his plans as he walks a knife’s edge with conservatives over the potential inclusion of Ukraine funding.

“The House Republicans and the Republican Party understand the necessity of standing with Israel. We’re going to try again this week, and the details of that package are being put together right now. We’re looking at the options and all these supplemental issues,” Johnson told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures.”

But hardline conservatives are warning Johnson against attaching Ukraine funding to any Israel aid package, underscoring the competing pressures on the speakeras he weighs critical decisions about the path ahead following Iran’s attack on Israel.

“Congress should be clear: no action by Iran or Israel merits a vote on the Ukraine omnibus the Senate seeks,” GOP Rep. Warren Davidson wrote on social media.

The pressure campaign fromJohnson’sright flank comesamid bipartisan calls — including from GOP Leader Mitch McConnell — to take up the Senate-passed foreign package that includes money for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, arguing that is the fastest way to get aid to Israel.

Read more about the possible legislative action on Capitol Hill

G7 leaderscondemn "in the strongest terms" Iran's attack against Israel

From CNN's Sharon Braithwaite and Radina Gigova

The leaders of the G7 condemned “in the strongest terms” Iran’s unprecedented direct attack against Israel, in a joint statement released on Sunday after a virtual meeting.

The G7 leaders vowed to continue working toward stabilizing the situation and avoiding further escalation. “In this spirit, we demand that Iran and its proxies cease their attacks, and we stand ready to take further measures now and in response to further destabilizing initiatives,” the statement said.

The meeting was chaired by Italian PrimeMinister Giorgia Meloni.

World Food Programme bakery reopens in northern Gaza, Israeli agency says

From EugeniaYosef in Northern Israeland Jennifer Hauser in Atlanta

COGAT, the Israeli agency coordinating the inspection and delivery of humanitarian assistance for Gaza, says a World Food Programme (WFP) bakery has reopened in northern Gaza.

COGAT noted that this bakery produces about 650,000 pita bread daily and showed a video of piles of bread wrappedin plastic covering the counters and floors.

WFP said much-needed fuel was delivered to the bakery in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), so its machines could start producing bread after being closed for months.

“Bakeries have been unable to operate for several months due to conflict and lack of access. We need safe & sustained access to prevent famine,” WFPsaid on XSunday.

“One of the main reasons for famine was the shutdown of bakeries,” bakery owner Kamel Ajour said in a WFP video. “Making bakeries work again will bring back life to the Gaza Strip.”

A Turkish source says Iran informed Turkey in advance of the attack and the country then informed the US

From CNN’s Scott McLean in Istanbul and Xiaofei Xu in Paris

Iran informed Turkey last week, before its strike on Israel,of “the options” for retaliation, a Turkish diplomatic source told CNN.Turkish Foreign MinisterHakan Fidanthen informedUS Secretary of State Antony Blinken of Iran’s “possible developments.”

Turkish diplomatic sources also said that Fidan spoke Sunday with the Iranian foreign minister and said that Turkey did not want to see further escalation in the region. Fidan also spoke with British Foreign Secretary David Cameron with the same message of de-escalation.

Lebanese Hezbollah praises Iran's attack on Israel

From CNN's Hamdi Alkhshali

Lebanese militant groupHezbollah congratulated Iran’s leadership following a “qualitative and unprecedented” attack targeting what it said was the “unjust and aggressive enemy entity” of Israel.

In a statement Sunday, the group praised Iran’s decision to respond firmly to what it described as “Zionist aggression” against the Iranian consulate in Damascus.

Hezbollah lauded what it said was Iran’s exercise of its “natural and legal” right to retaliate, despite facing “threats, intimidation, and pressure.” The operation, which Hezbollah described as executed with unparalleled courage and wisdom, achieved its military objectives despite the involvement of the United States, its international allies, and regional actors.

Israel's military calls in more reserve brigades for "operational activities" in Gaza

From CNN's EugeniaYosef in northern Israel
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An Israeli army tank moves along the border of Gaza and southern Israel on April 4.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said Sunday it was calling in approximately two reserve brigades for Gaza “operational activities” after a situational assessment.

“Their calling will allow the continuous effort and readiness to defend the state of Israel and the security of civilians,” the statement added.

The IDF said it could not share further details at the moment.

Some context: Tensions continue to escalate across the Middle East after Iran launched a barrage of missiles and drones on Israel on Sunday.

Iran launchedthe unprecedented attackin response to a suspected Israeli strike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus, Syria, earlier this month.

Jordan's king tells Biden that ending Gaza war would prevent conflict from spreading across region

From CNN’s Caroline Faraj, Zeena Saifi, Jomana Karadsheh and Hamdi Alkhshali

US President Joe Biden spoke with King Abdullah of Jordan on Sunday, according to the White House and the Jordanian court.

Abdullah told Biden that “ending the war on Gaza immediately” is the way to prevent a regional spillover.

Discussions during the phone call also covered the need to maintain coordination between Jordan and the US on regional developments.

Earlier, the Jordanian government appealed for all parties to “exercise restraint and handle regional tensions with discipline and responsibility” following Iran’s overnight attack on Israel.

At a cabinet session chaired by Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh, Jordanian officials emphasized the importance of de-escalation and urged all parties to act responsibly and demonstrate “utmost self-restraint.” The cabinet underscored the necessity of addressing the risks and repercussions of regional escalation on international peace and security.

The government assured the public that Jordan was functioning normally, with public services, education, and healthcare facilities operating smoothly. It also reiterated support for the Jordanian Armed Forces in safeguarding the country’s security.

Early Sunday morning, residents in Amman told CNN that they saw and heard activity in the skies over the Jordanian capital, sparking panic among the population. The cabinet said it had intercepted “foreign objects in Jordanian airspace to protect citizens and residential areas.”

“While some fragments fell in various locations, no significant damage or injuries were reported,” the cabinet added.

The government said the Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission (CARC) is “continuously evaluating the situation” after temporarily closing Jordanian airspace on Sunday.

The headline and post were updated with details on a call between Biden and Abdullah.

German minister says Iran attack has brought the Middle East to "edge of abyss." Here's other reactions

From CNN's Niamh Kennedy in London, Chris Stern in Berlin, Antonia Mortensen in Milan and Al Goodman in Madrid
April 14, 2024 - Iran’s attack on Israel | CNN (15)

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock gives a statement on the situation in the Middle East on April 14, in Berlin.

Germany’s foreign minister Annalena Baerbock has emphasized the fragile security situation in the Middle East following Iran’s attack on Israel.

She pointed to condemnations from countries, saying they showed that while Iran is “isolated with its aggressive behavior,” Israel’s defense capabilities are “strong.”

Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk also weighed in on the wider security consequences, saying that while the situation “does not pose a direct threat to Poland at the moment,” it is clear that the entire “world is on the brink.”

In light of this, Poland will make sure it has a “well-prepared army” and “a stable international position,” Tusk said in a social media post Sunday.

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Sunday that world leaders had been united in their call for “responsibility and restraint” following the attack.

The UK Foreign Minister David Cameron also condemned the attack against Israel “in the strongest terms” during a call with Iran’s foreign minister.

The post was updated with the statement from David Cameron.

Photo shows some of White House attendees at G7 meeting to discuss response to Iran's attack

From CNN staff
April 14, 2024 - Iran’s attack on Israel | CNN (16)

US President Joe Biden, right, meets with G7 leaders, in this photo shared by The White House on Sunday, April 14.

The White House released a photo Sunday showing US President Joe Biden speaking with the leaders of the G7.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Mideast coordinator Brett McGurk are also shown.

The White House said in a post on X that the leaders “condemned Iran’s unprecedented attack against Israel and reaffirmed the G7’s commitment to Israel’s security.”

The meeting was called to discuss what Biden called an “urgent diplomatic response” to Iran’s attack.

The G7 meeting has now concluded, according to an administration official.

The post was updated with the meeting concluding.

Israel war cabinet meets to weigh response to Iran's attack. Catch up on the latest

From CNN staff
April 14, 2024 - Iran’s attack on Israel | CNN (17)

An anti-missile system operates after Iran launched drones and missiles towards Israel, as seen from Ashkelon, Israel, on April 14.

Israel will “exact a price from Iran in a way and time that suits us,” war cabinet minister Benny Gantz said on Sunday, following the Iranian drone and missile attack on Israel.

Iran “met the strength of the Israeli security system,” Gantz said, a reference to the minimal damage caused by the assault involving hundreds of projectiles.

His comments come as Israel’s war cabinet met.

The cabinet is composed of Gantz, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant.Among others in attendance Sunday were Defense Forces chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi, Mossad director David Barnea, observer members Gadi Eisenkot and Aryeh Deri, national security advisor Tzachi Hanegbi and cabinet secretary Yossi Fuchs.

Here are the latest headlines:

  • US president meets with G7: President Joe Biden is meeting with fellow G7 leaders to discuss what he called an “urgent diplomatic response” to Iran’s attack on Israel. The emphasis on diplomacy makes clear Biden is seeking a non-military response to the drone and seeking ways to contain the risk of a wider war.
  • US aid for Israel: House Speaker Mike Johnson said lawmakers will try this week to pass additional aid to Israel, but the details are not yet finalized. Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the GOP-led House should move on the Senate-passed aid package.
  • Tehran warns against new aggression: Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said any “new aggression against the interests of the Iranian nation will be met with a heavier and regrettable response,” according to Iran’s state news channel IRIB.
  • Iran targeted Israeli airbase: Tehran’s attack on Israel targeted the Nevatim airbase, an Iranian army official has said on Sunday, alleging that this is where Israel’s early April strike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus was launched from.
  • Flights from Iran suspended: Airports in Tehran have suspended flights until 6:00 a.m. local time Monday, according to Iran’s state-aligned Tasnim news agency and semi-official news outlet ISNA. All flights in and out of Iman Khomeini Airport, which serves international flights, and Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport, serving domestic flights, have been canceled.
  • Hardline Israeli ministers call for firm response: Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich urging a response that “resonates throughout the Middle East” and National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir said Israel should “go crazy.” Smotrich, the head of the far-right Religious Zionism party, said that if Israel hesitated, “we will put ourselves and our children in existential danger.”
  • Gaza ceasefire talks: A diplomatic source familiar with the ceasefire negotiations between Israel and Hamas confirmed that Hamas has rejected the latest proposal in talks to reach a suspension to the hostilities in Gaza.

The post was updated with the identification of attendees at the war cabinet meeting today.

Israel extends cancellation of school through Monday after Iran attack

From CNN's Lauren Izso in Tel Aviv

Israel will cancel schooling throughout the country on Monday, the Israel Defense Forces announced Sunday.

The country had already canceled schools on Sunday, which is a working day in Israel, in response to Saturday night’s Iranian drone and missile attack on the country.

The military also announced a limit on the size of gatherings, and the cancellation of work in communities in the north and south of the country on Monday, after cancelling it on Sunday.

House Intel Committee head urges White House to respond to escalating conflict in wake of Iran attack

From CNN's Avery Lotz
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US House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Turner speaks during a hearing in Washington, DC, on March 12.

US House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Turner called on the Biden administration to respond to an “already escalating” conflict following Iran’s attack on Israel, contending Iran will strike again.

“Certainly, this is an escalation,” the Ohio Republican said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.

Turner said that “at this point” he does not believe the US should engage in direct military action against Iran, but he called on the Biden administration to recognize the risk at hand.

Iran has attacked Israel. Here's why, and what might come next

From CNN's Rob Picheta

As Iranian missiles and drones flew toward Israel, they brought with them a new wave of tension, uncertainty and confrontation in the Middle East.

Why did Iran attack Israel?: Israel and Iran are long-standing rivals and have been engaged in a shadow war for years.

Iran launchedthe unprecedented attackin response to a suspected Israeli strike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus, Syria, earlier this month. Tehran’s attack targeted the Nevatim airbase, an Iranian army official said on Sunday, alleging that this is where Israel’searly April strike on the Iranian consulatewas launched from.

How did the attacks unfold? More than 300 projectiles – including around 170 drones and over 120 ballistic missiles – were fired in the immense aerial attack.Of those, “99%” were intercepted by Israel’s aerial defense systems and its allies, according to the Israeli military, with only a small number reaching Israeli territory.

What next? The decisions made by Israel’s War Cabinet will dictate the immediate next steps. One of the members, Benny Gantz said Israel will “exact a price from Iran in a way and time that suits us.” But Iran said a “new equation” in its adversarial relationship with Israel had been opened, and warned of a “much bigger” assault on the country should Netanyahu decide on a tit-for-tat attack.

Read more about what could happen next between the two countries here.

Biden meets with G7 leaders to discuss a diplomatic response to Iran attack

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

US President Joe Biden is meeting with fellow G7 leaders Sunday to discuss what he calls an “urgent diplomatic response” to Iran’s attack on Israel.

Italy, the current president of the G7, said the virtual talks would begin at 10 a.m. ET. Officials were seen arriving to the White House ahead of the expected start of the talks. The emphasis on diplomacy makes clear Biden is seeking a non-military response to the drone and missile attacks launched by Iran, seeking ways to contain the risk of a wider war.

Biden made clear in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu late Saturday that the United States would not participate in an offensive operation against Iran, encouraging his counterpart instead to view the successful interception of the Iranian weapons as a win.

European Council President Charles Michel posted a photo to X from the talks. It shows Biden in the Situation Room with top aides, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Mideast coordinator Brett McGurk, and chief of staff Jeff Zients.

Michel said the G7 group “unanimously condemned Iran’s unprecedented attack against Israel. All parties must exercise restraint. We will continue all our efforts to work towards de-escalation. Ending the crisis in Gaza as soon as possible, notably through an immediate ceasefire, will make a difference.”

Some context: The G7 is shorthand for Group of Seven, an organization of leaders from some of the world’s largest economies: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. Members of the G7 meet each year for a summit to discuss pressing issues on the global stage and coordinate policy. The European Union also takes part in its meetings.

The post was updated with details from Charles Michel’s social media post.

House should pass bipartisan national security aid package with funding for Israel, Schumer says

From CNN staff
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The Capitol building in Washinton, DC.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Saturday that the GOP-led House should move on the bipartisan Senate-passed national security aid package which includes funding for Israel in the wake of the Iranian attack.

This puts Schumer and Johnson at odds about the next steps for Israel funding. Johnson said on Sunday that lawmakers will try this week to pass additional aid to Israel with the details of the package not yet finalized.

Johnson says House will try to approve additional aid for Israel this week

From CNN's Aileen Graef
April 14, 2024 - Iran’s attack on Israel | CNN (20)

House Speaker Mike Johnson speaks in Washington, DC, on April 10.

House Speaker Mike Johnson said lawmakers will try this week to pass additional aid to Israel, but the details are not yet finalized.

The Speaker added that he was glad the US “showed resolve” in response to the Iranian strikes on Israel.

“Look, I do think that we showed resolve last night thankfully. Many of us were concerned about that to stand with our ally Israel. It’s critically important to do that. We took down most of those drones and missiles, as you noted, and our other allies stepped up as well,” he said.

Analysis: Iran's attack appeared planned to minimize casualties while maximizing impact

Analysis from CNN'sTamara Qiblawi
April 14, 2024 - Iran’s attack on Israel | CNN (21)

An anti-missile system operates after Iran launched drones and missiles towards Israel, as seen from Ashkelon, Israel, on April 14.

A decades-long shadow war burst out into the open overnight asIranian drones and missileslit up the night sky in Israel and the occupied West Bank.

Tehran’s operation was highly choreographed, apparently designed to minimize casualties while maximizing spectacle.

This was a complex mission. Over 200 drones and missiles navigated above Iran’s neighbors, including Jordan and Iraq — both with US military bases — before penetrating the airspace of Iran’s mortal enemy, Israel. Israel’s allies helped shoot down the bulk of these weapons, but couldn’t prevent what was long believed to be the Middle East’s doomsday scenario, the Islamic Republic’s first-ever attack on Israel.

Israel’s fabled Iron Dome air defense system did not disappoint Israelis, many of whom took to bunkers. Only a small handful of locations were attacked,including a military base and an area in the Negev desert, injuring a Bedouin child, while the dome fended off one of the largest drone attacks in history

Yet it was an operation that seemed designed to fail — when Iran launched its killer drones from its own territory some 1,000 miles away, it was giving Israel hours of advance notice.

The symbolism of the attack did the heavy lifting. Rather than fire from one of the neighboring countries where Iran and its non-state allies are present, this was a direct attack from Iranian territory on Israeli territory. This compromised Iran’s ability to damageIsrael because it robbed the operation of the element of surprise.

Yet for some four hours, the world held its breath as weapons whizzed through the night sky. They were balls of fire hovering overhead as onlookers across three different countries filmed images that seemed to harken the start of a cataclysmic war.

Read more about Iran’s planned attack.

NATO condemns Iran's attack on Israel andcalls for restraint

From CNN's Niamh Kennedy in London

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has condemned Iran’s attack against Israel and is calling for “restraint.”

Iran attack shows US should stand unconditionally with Israel, Sen. Fetterman says

From CNN's Aileen Graef
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Sen. John Fetterman speaks with CNN on Sunday, April 14.

Sen. John Fetterman said Iran’s attack on Israel “demonstrates how astonishing” it is the United States is not standing firmly and unconditionally with Israel.

The Democratic senator from Pennsylvania also said he would “never understand” his colleagues who are trying to pass Israel aid without also sending aid to Ukraine.

“All I can conclude is that aligns with what Donald Trump says… I don’t understand why Donald Trump seems to love (Russian President Vladimir) Putin as well too, but it’s a disgrace if we don’t deliver this aid. I voted for it and we need to deliver that and stand with our allies and stand with democracy,” he said.

Israel "will exact a price from Iran," war cabinet minister Benny Gantz vows

From Lauren Izso in Tel Aviv
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Israel war cabinet minister Benny Gantz attends a press conference in in Shlomi, Israel, in November 2023.

Israel will “exact a price from Iran in a way and time that suits us,” war cabinet minister Benny Gantz said Sunday, following the Iranian drone and missile attack on Israel.

Iran “met the strength of the Israeli security system,” Gantz said, a reference to the minimal damage caused by the assault involving hundreds of projectiles.

But, he added, “this event is not over,” citing the need to “build a regional coalition and extract a price from Iran, in a way and at a time that suits us.”

Gantz also said that Israel still needs to bring home its hostages and secure its southern and northern borders so that people who have evacuated their homes near these borders can return.

Nir Cohen contributed translations to this post.

Pope calls for dialogue and"no more attacks"in the Middle East

From CNN’s Christopher Lamb in London
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Pope Francis speaks at the Vatican, on Sunday, April 14.

Pope Francis has urged regional leaders to avoid further escalations in the Middle East, and called on all nations to “take the side of peace.”

Francis also called for a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians.

Sound of drones must serve as "wake-up call to the free world," Ukraine's President Zelensky says

From Maria Kostenko and Radina Gigova
April 14, 2024 - Iran’s attack on Israel | CNN (25)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks during a press conference in Istanbul, Turkey, on March 8.

The sound of drones must serve as a “wake-up call to the free world,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Sunday after Iran launched an unprecedented large-scale drone and missile attack at Israel on Saturday night.

“This sound must serve as a wake-up call to the free world, demonstrating that only our unity and resoluteness can save lives and prevent the spread of terror worldwide,” he said.

Zelensky went on to say that Iran’s actions “threaten the entire region and the world, just as Russia’s actions threaten a larger conflict,” and that “the obvious collaboration between the two regimes in spreading terror must face a resolute and united response from the world.”

“Words do not stop drones and do not intercept missiles. Only tangible assistance does,” Zelensky said. “It is critical that the United States Congress make the necessary decisions to strengthen America’s allies at this critical time,” he added.

2 hardline Israeli ministers urge firm response to Iran attack

From Lauren Izso in Tel Aviv

Two of the Israeli government’s most hardline ministers on Sunday urged a firm response to the overnight Iranian drone and missile attack on Israel.

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich urging a response that “resonates throughout the Middle East” and National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir said Israel should “go crazy.”

Smotrich, the head of the far-right Religious Zionism party, said that if Israel hesitated, “we will put ourselves and our children in existential danger.”

In a video statement, Smotrich called this a “moment of truth,” saying, “If our response resonates throughout the Middle East for generations to come — we will win.”

Ben Gvir, the leader of the far-right Jewish Power party, said Israel’s response must not be “weak,” and that “the concepts of containment and proportionality are concepts that passed away on October 7,” the day of the Hamas attack on Israel.

Neither Smotrich nor Ben Gvir are members of Israel’s war cabinet.

Nir Cohen contributed translations to this post.

Israel war cabinet is meeting now

From Lauren Izso in Tel Aviv

Israel’s war cabinet has begun its meeting, an official told CNN Sunday just before 4 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET).

The war cabinet consists of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, and Benny Gantz, the leader of the National Union party and a former Defense Minister.Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer and politicians Gadi Eisenkot and Aryeh Deri sit in the war cabinet as observers.

The war cabinet meeting comes as Israel determines its response after Iranlaunched dozensof missiles from its territory toward Israel late Saturday. Israel’s military said “99%” of the more than 300 projectiles fired by Iran were intercepted by Israel and its “partners.”

US President Joe Biden made clear the US will not participate in any offensive operations against Iran, according to a senior administration official.

Iran foreign minister says neighboring countries were informed 72 hours before attack on Israel

From CNN’s Adam Pourahmadi, Mostafa Salem and Zeena Saifi
April 14, 2024 - Iran’s attack on Israel | CNN (26)

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian gives a press conference in Tehran, Iran, on April 14.

IranianForeign MinisterHossein Amir-Abdollahian said Iran informed neighboring countries 72 hours before its attack of a “certain” response against Israel.

Amir-Abdollahian told a news conference on Sunday in Tehran that Iran told the countries the operation would be “decisive” in the form of “legitimate defense.”

He did not clarify which countries were informed. Neighboring states have not yet publicly confirmed they were informed.

White House underscores Israel's "military superiority" as it seeks to contain risk of wider war

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

A top White House official underscored the success of Israeli and US efforts to intercept Iranian missiles and drones as the Biden administration looks to contain the risk of a wider regional conflict.

He added that Israel’s defense against the “several hundred drones and missiles over the course of a few hours” shows that Iran “is not the military power that they claim to be.” Kirby’s comments were an indication of how the United States is looking to tout the success of the operation while preventing further escalation. They echo sentiments President Joe Biden relayed late Saturday to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In pointing to the unbridled success in stopping Iran’s weapons, Biden and his team are suggesting to Israel that it has shown its ability to defend itself alongside the United States and its allies — and that further retaliation may not be necessary.

Italy calls G7 meeting following Iran's attack against Israel

From CNN's Barbie Nadeau in Rome

The Italian Presidency of the G7 has called a meeting in remote format on Sunday “to discuss Iran’s attack against Israel,” according to a brief statement on Italy’s G7 official presidency site.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni also said Sunday that the Italian presidency of the G7 has organized “a conference at leaders level for this afternoon.”

Analysis: What happens next rests on if Israel will listen to the United States and not escalate

From CNN's Christiane Amanpour
April 14, 2024 - Iran’s attack on Israel | CNN (27)

Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system launches to intercept missiles fired from Iran, on Sunday, April 14.

In decades of antagonism between Israel and Iran, there has never been an attack by Iran inside Israel. This crosses a threshold. What happens next rests on whether Israel will listen to the United States and not escalate the cycle of retaliation.

Iran’s massive drone and missile wave was 99% intercepted, and Israel said damage was limited. Triggered by Israel’s April 1 strike on the Iranian consulate in Syria, the barrage brings the region to a boil. We still don’t know exactly why Israel carried out the strike in Syria, but analysts say Iran was forced to respond for its own internal consumption and to demonstrate strength in the region. For its part, it says the matter is now concluded.

President Joe Biden said the US will not join any Israeli offensive against Iran. The very real question is whether Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will listen to the warnings of his biggest backer.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak told CNN Israel had won this round and Netanyahu must think before any further action, warning that Israel is still stuck in Gaza, hostages remain captive, and the Lebanon-Israel border is highly volatile.In the meantime, despite the current escalation between Israel and US intelligence say there is no evidence Iran planned or acted in Hamas’s October 7 attacks.

Any new "aggression" against Iran will be met with "heavier and regrettable response," Iranian president says

From CNN’s Negar Mahmoodi, Adam Pourahmadi and Zeena Saifi
April 14, 2024 - Iran’s attack on Israel | CNN (28)

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi attends a press conference in Ankara, Turkey, on January 24.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said any “new aggression against the interests of the Iranian nation will be met with a heavier and regrettable response,” according to Iran’s state news channel IRIB.

The country’s foreign minister made similar remarks on aposton X, saying Iran has no intention of “continuing defensive operations, but if necessary, it will not hesitate to protect its legitimate interests against any new aggression.”

“Exercising the right of legitimate defense shows Iran’s responsible approach to regional and international peace and security,” he added.

Iran has continued its threats after launching an unprecedented overnight strike on Israel on Saturday.

The leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has warned that a “new equation” was created after its attack on Israel, and that it will now respond directly whenever Israel attacks its interests, assets or people.

Iran’s chief of staff has also threatened the US and Israel against any future attacks. Mohammad Bagheri, the Chief of Staff ofIran’s Armed Forces, saidIransent a message to the US through the Swiss embassy warning Washington if it cooperates with Israel in their possible next actions, US bases will “not have any security” and will be “dealt with.”

France helped monitor and detect Iranian drones heading to Israel, French military source says

From CNN’s Xiaofei Xu in Paris

French forces, in cooperation with their hosting countries, helped monitor and detect drones and missiles launched from Iran toward Israel on Saturday night, a French military source told CNN Sunday.

Later, Foreign Minister Stéphane Séjourné, in a post on X, said France participated in intercepting Iranian missiles.

France has troops stationed in Lebanon, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, as well as a navy presence in the Persian Gulf, according to the French Ministry of Armed Forces. The source declined to comment on which other countries participated in the mission Saturday night.

This comes as Israeli military spokesperson Daniel Hagari said that the United States, United Kingdom and France all “acted” during the Iranian strikes on Israel. “We are working closely with the US, UK and France who acted tonight. This partnership has always been close, but tonight it manifested itself in an unusual way,” Hagari said.

The post was updated with the social media post from France’s foreign minister.

UK jets shot down "a number of Iranian attack drones" aimed at Israel, British prime minister says

From CNN's Niamh Kennedy in London
April 14, 2024 - Iran’s attack on Israel | CNN (29)

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak records a statement about the Iranian attack on Israel on April 14, in London.

The United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak confirmed that British Royal Air Force (RAF) jets shot down “a number of Iranian attack drones” launched overnight towards Israel.

“The RAF sent additional planes to the region as part of our existing operations to counter [ISIS] in Iraq and Syria. I can confirm that our planes did shoot down a number of Iranian attack drones,” Sunak said in a video shared with broadcasters Sunday.

The prime minister said that he had chaired an emergency meeting of the UK’s crisis management committee on Friday to agree a plan of action in the event of an Iranian attack.

Sunak commended the success of the “international coordinated” response to Iran’s attack, saying it had managed to save lives “not just in Israel, but in neighboring countries like Jordan.”

The prime minister said he would discuss the need to deescalate the situation when he speaks to G7 leaders later on Sunday. “It’s important that we coordinate with allies and we’ll be discussing next steps,” he added.

Israel will respond to Iran's attack, but the scope has yet to be determined, Israeli official says

From CNN's Jeremy Diamond

Israel will respond to Iran’s attack, but the scope of that response has yet to be determined, an Israeli official told CNN Sunday.

The official said Israel has yet to determine whether it will try to “break all the dishes” or do something more measured.

The options are expected to be discussed in detail during Israel’s war cabinet meeting on Sunday, the official added.

IDF says it struck Hezbollah weapons manufacturing site in Lebanon

From CNN’s Charbel Mallo in Beirut and Zeena Saifi in Jerusalem

Israeli warplanes struck an “important weapons manufacturing site” belonging to Hezbollah in the Nabi Sheet area, according to the IDF spokesperson for Arab media, Avichay Adraee,in aposton X.

Lebanon’s National News Agency said earlier Sunday that an Israeli airstrike had targeted a building in the town of Nabi Sheet in Lebanon’s Baalbek region.

Some context: Israeli strikes in the Baalbek region since October 7are rarer considering it is further north into Lebanon, about 80 kilometers (or about 50 miles) from the Israel-Lebanon border.

Last Sunday, the Israeli military said it had struck four sites of Hezbollah’s air defense unit in the Baalbek area.

Hamas rejects proposal from Cairo ceasefire talks, diplomatic sourcesays

From CNN's Alex Marquardt

A diplomatic source familiar with the ceasefire negotiations between Israel and Hamas has confirmed that Hamas has rejected the latest proposal in talks to reach a suspension to the hostilities in Gaza.

In its response to the mediators, Hamas “reaffirmed [its] position” on the unrestricted right of Gazans to return north to their homes and the redeployment of Israeli troops away from central Gaza. These are demands that Hamas has stuck to and Israel has resisted.

In addition, the diplomat said, Hamas continues to argue that the second phase of an agreement should conclude with a permanent end to the fighting. Israel has shown no willingness to discuss an end to the war.

CNN has previously reported that the latest discussions in the Egyptian capital of Cairo included a new proposal from the US that Israel releases some 900 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the 40 Israeli hostages expected in the first phase of a ceasefire deal.

Hamas has “signaled they are willing to discuss it positively once the other issues are addressed,” the diplomat said.

Iranian airports suspend flights until Monday morning

From CNN’s Negar Mahmoodi, Adam Pourahmadi and Zeena Saifi

Airports in Tehran have suspended flights until 6:00 a.m. local time Monday, according to Iran’s state-aligned Tasnim news agency and semi-official news outlet ISNA.

All flights in and out of Iman Khomeini Airport, which serves international flights, and Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport, serving domestic flights, have been cancelled.

Flights in Shiraz, Isfahan, Bushehr, Kerman, Ilam, Sanandaj and several other airports in the west of Iran have been cancelled, the state-affiliated outlets said.

It comes after Lufthansa and its subsidiary Austrian Airlines —currently the only two Western carriers that operate international flights to Iran — announced the suspension of flights to and from Tehran earlier this week, as the region was on high alert for a retaliatory strike by Iran against Israel.

Iran says attack targeted Israeli base used to conduct strike on Iranian consulate in Damascus

From CNN’s Zeena Saifi in Jerusalem and Adam Pourahmadi in Abu Dhabi

Tehran’s attack on Israel targeted the Nevatim airbase, an Iranian army official has said on Sunday, alleging that this is where Israel’s early April strike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus was launched from.

The “operation” targeted “the Nevatim airbase, where the F-35 planes were used for targeting our consulate in Damascus,” the chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Major General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, said on Iranian state TV IRINN.

Iranian ballistic missiles that reached Israel fell on the airbase located in the south of the country and caused only light structural damage, Israel Defense Forces spokesperson Daniel Hagari said. The base is functioning and continuing its operations following the attack, with planes continuing to use the base, Hagari added.

The attack on the Iranian consulate annex building on April 1 killed senior Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commanders. Israel is widely suspected to be behind the airstrike, though it has not officially claimed responsibility.

Bagheri said Iran’s operation also targeted a “large information center” near Israel’s border with Syria.

Iran continues its threats after launching an unprecedented attack on Israel last night. Here's what you need to know.

April 14, 2024 - Iran’s attack on Israel | CNN (30)

An anti-missile system operates as seen from Ashkelon,Israel, on Sunday.

Iran launched an unprecedented large-scale drone and missile attack at Israel overnight on Saturday, in retaliation for a suspected Israeli strike on an Iranian diplomatic complex in Syria.

The reprisals marked the first time the Islamic Republic has launched a direct assault on Israel from its soil, marking a dangerous new inflection point in the fast-widening Middle East conflict.

In the aftermath of the attack, Tehran has continued to make threats against Tel Aviv and its Western allies, warning that its response will be “stronger and more resolute” if Israel continues to commit “military aggression.”

Below are the latest developments:

  • Projectiles intercepted: More than 300 projectiles – including around 170 drones and over 120 ballistic missiles – were fired toward Israel in the immense aerial attack overnight. However, “99%” of them were intercepted by Israel’s aerial defense systems and its “partners,” according to the Israeli military. Only “a small number” of ballistic missiles reached Israel, with the remaining ballistic missiles, all cruise missilesand all drones being intercepted before reaching Israeli territory, IDF spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said.
  • Biden-Netanyahu phone call: After the attack, US President Joe Biden spoke by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, making it clear that the US would not participate in any offensive operations against Iran, a senior White House administration official told CNN. However, Biden has also reiterated that the US’s commitment to Israel’s security against threats from Iran and its proxies remains “ironclad.”
  • US to consult with allies: Israel and its Western allies are now deciding how best to proceed. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he “willbe consulting with allies and partners in the region and around the world in the hours and days ahead.” “The United States condemns Iran’s attack on Israel in the strongest terms,” he said in a statement on Sunday. “While we do not seek escalation, we will continue to support Israel’s defense, and as the President made clear, we will defend US personnel.”
  • Iranian threats: Iran’s IRGC leader has warned that a “new equation” was created after its attack on Israel, and that it will now respond directly whenever Israel attacks its interests, assets or people.Iran’s Chief of Staff has also threatened the US and Israel against any future attacks. Mohammad Bagheri, the Chief of Staff ofIran’s Armed Forces, saidIransent a message to the US through the Swiss embassy warning Washington if it cooperates with Israel in their possible next actions, US bases will “not have any security” and will be “dealt with.”
  • Concern on the world stage: A wide range of foreign leaders, in the Middle East and beyond, have expressed concern over last night’s attack and called for deescalation. Saudi Arabia,a major regional rival to Iran, stressed the importance of “preventing any further exacerbation” of the crisis, while Qatar, which enjoys close economic relations with Iran, expressed “profound concern.” Several Latin American countries also condemned the incident, while China in the statement called “on relevant parties to exercise calm and restraint to prevent further escalations.” Australia issued a strong condemnation of the overnight attacks, labeling the actions as “reckless and a grave threat” to regional security.

Confrontation with Iran "not over yet," says Israeli defense minister

From CNN's Catherine Nicholls and Tamar Michaelis
April 14, 2024 - Iran’s attack on Israel | CNN (31)

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant attends the Israel's war cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv on Sunday.

The confrontation between Iran and Israel is “not over yet,” Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said on Sunday, following Tehran’s attack on Israel the previous night.

“The State of Israel was attacked with hundreds of missiles and [unmanned aerial vehicles], and the [Israel Defense Forces] thwarted this attack in an impressive manner,” Gallant said, urging Israelis to remain “alert and attentive to the instructions published by the IDF and Homefront Command.” The defense minister stressed that Israel “must be prepared for every scenario.”

“Together with the United States and additional partners, we managed to defend the territory of the State of Israel,” Gallant continued. “Very little damage was caused – this is the result of the IDF’s impressive operations.”

Gallant is one of three men who make up Israel’s war cabinet, alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz. The war cabinet has been authorized to decide on Israel’s response to the Iranian attack, an Israeli official told CNN.

On Saturday evening, Netanyahu addressed the citizens of Israel, proclaiming that Israel has been preparing for a direct attack by Iran and is ready for “any scenario, both defensively and offensively.”

“We have determined a clear principle,” Netanyahu continued. “Whoever harms us, we will harm them. We will defend ourselves against any threat and will do so level-headedly and with determination.”

Israel strikes building in Lebanon's Baalbek region, reports say

From CNN’s Charbel Mallo in Beirut, Eugenia Yosef in Northern Israel and Zeena Saifi in Jerusalem

An Israeli airstrike has destroyed a building in the town of Nabi Sheet in Lebanon’s Baalbek region, northeast of the capital Beirut, on Sunday, Lebanon’s National News Agency (NNA) said.

The Israeli military told CNN it cannot yet confirm these reports.

Some background:

Tensions between neighbors Israel and Lebanon have escalated since October 7, with rocket fire regularly exchanged between the two countries. Iran-backed militant group Hezbollah has repeatedly declared its support for the Palestinian people in Gaza and their resistance against Israeli attacks on civilian areas.

Israeli strikes in the Baalbek regionare rarer considering it is further north into Lebanon, about (50 miles) 80 kilometers from the Israel-Lebanon border. Last Sunday, the Israeli military said it struck four sites of Hezbollah’s air defense unit in the Baalbek area.

Analysis: How Israel and allied defenses intercepted more than 300 Iranian missiles and drones

From CNN's Brad Lendon
April 14, 2024 - Iran’s attack on Israel | CNN (32)

Israeli forces fire rockets from their Iron Dome defense system near the southern city of Sderot on May 13, 2023.

Almost all the ballistic missiles and drones Iran launched at Israel inan unprecedented attacklate Saturday were intercepted and failed to meet their mark, according to Israeli and American officials, highlighting the formidable and multi-layered missile defense deployed by thetwo allied partners.

Most of the more than 300 Iranian munitions were intercepted before they got to Israel, more than 1,100 miles (1,770 kilometers) from their launch points.

The US Navy and US warplanes shot down multiple ballistic missiles, as well as other Iranian ordnance, officials told CNN’s Oren Liebermann at the Pentagon.

Israel’s Iron Dome system, the bottom layer of Israel’s missile defense, uses a command-and-control system that quickly calculateswhether an incoming projectile poses a threat or is likely to hit an unpopulated area. If the rocket does pose a threat, the Iron Dome fires missiles from the ground to destroy it in the air. There are at least 10 Iron Dome batteries in Israel.

Other Israeli missile defense systems include David’s Sling, which uses Stunner and SkyCeptor kinetic hit-to-kill interceptors to take out targets as far as 186 miles away, and Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 systems, jointly developed with the United States, which intercept incoming ballistic missiles in space.

Israel also has state-of-the-art fighter aircraft, including F-35I stealth jets that it has used to shoot down drones and cruise missiles before, according to news reports.

Read the full analysis here

Tehran warns it will respond directly if Israel attacks Iranian interests or assets

From CNN’s Adam Pourahmadi and Eyad Kourdi
April 14, 2024 - Iran’s attack on Israel | CNN (33)

Hossein Salami, commander-in-chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps delivers a speech in Kerman, Iran, on January 5.

Iran’s IRGC leader said a “new equation” was created after its attack on Israel, and that it will now respond directly whenever Israel attacks its interests, assets or people.

“Honest Promise” was the name given to Iran’s unprecedented attack late on Saturday, which saw drones and missiles launched at Israel over a five-hour period.

The attack marked a dangerous new inflection point in the fast-widening Middle East conflict, bringing the long-running shadow war between the two sides into the open and raising the prospect of full-blown regional conflict.

The US assessed that almost all of the drones and missiles – including more than 100 ballistic missiles – launched by Iran had been knocked out of the sky. No cruise missile made impact and nothing of “value” was hit, according to a senior White House official.

Iraq reopens its airspace to all flights

From CNN's Eyad Kourdi

Iraq said it had reopened its airspace after it was temporarily closed overnight amid the attacks on Israel.

The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority confirmed Sunday that this decision follows the successful “mitigation of all risks” that previously affected the safety and security of civil aviation in Iraq.

The airspace closed on Saturday night as a precautionary measure, following a thorough risk assessment conducted by Iraqi authorities.

Israel's finance minister urges government to "learn lessons" and "move on to Rafah"

From EugeniaYosef in Northern Israel

Israel’s Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich has called on the Israeli government to “learn lessons” and move on to Rafah.”

In a post on X,Smotrich said that he had warned that “giving up on Israel’s red lines and chasing after Hamas for a deal” would “only decrease” the chance of bringing Israeli hostages held in Gaza back.

“It’s time to learn lessons, change direction, move on to Rafah now and restore full Israeli control all over the Gaza Strip,” Smotrich added.

Some context: The far-right minister has, in the past, denied the existence of a Palestinian people or nationhood, prompting a rebuke from the United States in March 2023.

More than 1 million Palestinian civilians are estimated to be sheltering in Rafah in southern Gaza, most of them displaced from other parts of the besieged enclave and crammed into a sprawling tent city.

Israel has been threatening an invasion into Rafah for some time now - despite pushback from allies like the US. Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had set a date for the action, adding that “entry into Rafah” is necessary for a “complete victory over Hamas.”

Iran's army says operation has "concluded," warns US and Israel against future attacks

From CNN's Alireza Hajihosseini, Abdul Nasir, and Eyad Kourdi

Mohammad Bagheri, the Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces said Iran sent a message to the United States through the Swiss embassy warning Washington that if it cooperates with Israel in their possible next actions, US bases will “not have any security” and will be “dealt with.”

Bagheri said from Iran’s perspective, the military operation against Israel “has concluded.”

However, he emphasized that Iranian armed forces remain on high alert and are prepared to “act if necessary,” according to an interview on state IRINN TV on Sunday.

The Zionist regime is an Iranian reference to Israel.

“Israel’s actions in the consulate were condemned so a response should have been given,” Bagheri added.

Some context: Iranian authorities have made clear this weekend’s strikes where retaliation for an April 1 strike by Israel which destroyed an Iranian consulate building in the capital Damascus.

Israel has not claimed responsibility for the attack which Iran said killed multiple officials, including Mohammed Reza Zahedi, a top Revolutionary Guards commander.

However an Israel Defense Forces spokesman told CNN that their intelligence showed the building was not a consulate and was instead “a military building of Quds forces disguised as a civilian building.”

Calls for restraint from world leaders following Iran's attack

From CNN reporters

Reaction to Iran’s strikes on Israel has poured in from world leaders, some openly condemning Tehran, others calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and almost all urging restraint during a moment of huge tension in the Middle East.

US President Joe Biden said that the US “is devoted to the defense of Israel.”

“Our commitment to Israel’s security against threats from Iran and its proxies is ironclad,” Biden said in a statement.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for an immediate halt to hostilities in the Middle East. “I urge all parties to exercise maximum restraint to avoid any action that could lead to major military confrontations on multiple fronts in the Middle East,” Guterres said in a series of tweets on X.

“I have repeatedly stressed that neither the region nor the world can afford another war.”

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the attacks “demonstrate yet again the Iranian regime’s disregard for peace and stability in the region. We support Israel’s right to defend itself and its people from these attacks.”

China expressed “deep concern” over the “current escalation”, according to a spokesperson for its Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday, adding that it was a “spillover of the Gaza conflict” and a ceasefire should be implemented without delay. Beijing called “on relevant parties to exercise calm and restraint to prevent further escalations.”

India’s Foreign Ministry said that it is “seriously concerned” about the escalation of hostilities between Iran and Israel. “We call for immediate de-escalation, exercise of restraint, stepping back from violence and return to the path of diplomacy,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Pakistan said the attacks were “the consequences of the breakdown of diplomacy.”

“For months, Pakistan has underlined the necessity of international efforts to prevent expansion of hostilities in the region and for a ceasefire in Gaza,” read a government statement.

Saudi Arabia, a major regional rival to Iran, stressed the importance of “preventing any further exacerbation” of the crisis, warning of “dire consequences” should the situationworsen.

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry called the latest developments a “dangerous escalation”. It said the latest hostilities were “nothing but a direct result of whatEgypthas repeatedly warned about, regarding the dangers of expanding the conflict in the region as a result of the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip, and the provocative military actions being exercised in the region.”

Qatar, which plays a vital role in many Middle East conflicts and enjoys close economic relations with Iran, expressed “profound concern” and called on all parties to “cease escalation, calm tensions, and exercise maximum restraint.”

The United Arab Emirates, which is geographically close to Iran and normalized relations with Israel in 2020, called for an end to regional escalation to avoid “dangerous repercussions” and warned of “new levels of instability.”

Russia, which has been waging a brutal war on Ukraine for over two years, calledon all parties “to exercise restraint.” “We express our utmost concern about another dangerous escalation in the region,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement Sunday.

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry condemned Iran’s attack, calling it “unacceptable” and “irresponsible.”

“It is extremely important to make every effort to prevent the confrontation from escalating into a large-scale regional conflict,” Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said, adding that the attack “demonstrates the importance of mobilizing all the power of the free world to defend the global boundaries of democracy.”

In a statement on X, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said the UK would “continue to stand up for Israel’s security and that of all of its regional partners, including Jordan and Iraq.

Ireland, whose leader has been a vocal critic of Israel’s war in Gaza, called on both Iran and Israel to “show restraint” and “avoid any escalation” following a “reckless attack” by Iran.

Adding to this were also statements from leaders in European countries like Germany, Denmark, France, Norway and Austria.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called the attacks “blatant and unjustifiable.” “All actors must now refrain from further escalation and work to restore stability in the region,” Von der Leyen said.

Israel’s military said it worked closely with US, UK and France during Iran’s attack

From EugeniaYosef in Northern Israel

Israel is “working closely” with the US, UK and France, Israeli military spokespersonRear Admiral Daniel Hagari said, adding that all three “acted tonight” during the Iranian strikes.

“We are working closely with the US, UK and France who acted tonight. This partnership has always been close, but tonight it manifested itself in an unusual way,” Hagari said.

Blinken says US to consult with allies "in the hours and days ahead"

From CNN’s Jennifer Hansler
April 14, 2024 - Iran’s attack on Israel | CNN (34)

Antony Blinken is seen at the White House on Thursday, April 11.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken “willbe consulting with allies and partners in the region and around the world in the hours and days ahead” following the Iranian retaliatory attack on Israel, he said in a statement dated Sunday.

“The United States condemns Iran’s attack on Israel in the strongest terms,” Blinken said. “While we do not seek escalation, we will continue to support Israel’s defense, and as the President made clear, we will defend US personnel.”

Israel's military says 99% of weapons fired by Iran intercepted

From CNN’s Irene Nasser and Benjamin Brown
April 14, 2024 - Iran’s attack on Israel | CNN (35)

Intercepted Iranian weapons are seen in the sky in Jerusalem on Sunday.

The Israeli military said Sunday that “99%” of the more than 300 projectiles fired at Israel by Iran were intercepted.

Only “a small number” of ballistic missiles reached the country’s territory, Israel Defense Forces spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said.

Around 170 drones, more than 30 cruise missiles and more than 120 ballistic missiles were launched at Israel by Iran, he said, the vast majority intercepted by the Israeli Air Force and Israeli “partners.”

The ballistic missiles that did reach Israel fell on the Nevatim Airbase in southern Israel, Hagari said, adding that they caused only light structural damage. The base was functioning and continuing its operations following the attack, with planes continuing to use the base, he added.

Remember: US President Joe Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a phone call that his country should consider tonight a win because the current US assessment is that Iran’s attacks had been largely unsuccessful and demonstrated Israel’s superior military capability, a senior administration official told CNN.

US forces were also involved in defending Israel, intercepting more than 70 one-way attack drones and at least three ballistic missiles, according to two US officials familiar with the situation.

"We have intercepted, we have contained," says Netanyahu

From CNN’s Tamar Michaelis in Jerusalem

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made his first public statement after Iran’s attack, vowing to the country’s people that “together we shall win.”

Posting on X, formerly known as Twitter, Netanyahu said: “We have intercepted, we have contained. Together we shall win.”

Iran warns its response will be "stronger and more resolute" if Israel retaliates following latest strikes

From CNN’s Alireza Hajihosseini and Eyad Kourdi
April 14, 2024 - Iran’s attack on Israel | CNN (36)

An anti-missile system operates as seen from Ashkelon, Israel, on Sunday.

Iran has warned that it will respond with more force if Israel retaliates over this weekend’s strikes, which Tehran said were themselves a reply to an Israeli attack earlier this month on its embassy complex in Syria’s capital Damascus.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will not hesitate to exercise its inherent right of self-defense when required,” Iran’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, Amir Saeid Iravani, said in a statement.

Citing self-defense against repeated Israeli military aggressions, Iravani said the strikes were specifically in retaliation to an Israeli attack on April 1 against what Iran says were diplomatic facilities in Damascus.

Iran claims the attack violated international law and led to the death of seven Iranian military advisors, including key commanders from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

The statement also criticizes the United Nations Security Council for “failing to uphold international peace,” allowing Israel to “breach” established international norms and “escalate” regional tensions.

Additional context: Israel has carried out numerous strikes on Iran-backed targets in Syria, often targeting weapons shipments allegedly intended for Hezbollah, a powerful Iranian proxy in Lebanon.

Israel has not claimed responsibility for the April 1 attack which destroyed an Iranian consulate building in the capital Damascus, including Mohammed Reza Zahedi, a top Revolutionary Guards commander.

However an Israel Defense Forces spokesman told CNN that their intelligence showed the building was not a consulate and was instead “a military building of Quds forces disguised as a civilian building.”

Biden to meet with G7 leaders Sunday as he condemns Iran's "brazen attack"

From CNN’s Lauren Koenig

US President Joe Biden will meet with G7 leaders Sunday “to coordinate a united diplomatic response to Iran’s brazen attack,” according to a statement released by the White House.

US defensive assets moved to the region earlier this week and “helped Israel take down nearly all of the incoming drones and missiles,” according to the statement.

Biden also spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu following Saturday’s attack “to reaffirm America’s ironclad commitment to the security of Israel.”

I told him that Israel demonstrated a remarkable capacity to defend against and defeat even unprecedented attacks – sending a clear message to its foes that they cannot effectively threaten the security of Israel,” the president wrote.

US forces intercepted 70+ drones and at least three ballistic missiles, US officials say

From CNN's Oren Liebermann and Haley Britzky

US forces intercepted more than 70 one-way attack drones and at least three ballistic missiles during Iran’s attack on Israel, according to two US officials familiar with the situation.

The ballistic missiles were intercepted by warships in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, one of the officials said. Iran launched more than 100 ballistic missiles in total at Israel, according to a senior administration official.

US fighter jets were also part of the response to Iran’s attack on Saturday and shotdown drones launched towards Israel, another US official told CNN.

Defense experts weigh in on what steps Israel could take next

From CNN's Heather Chen

Defense experts have been speaking to CNN about whether and how Israel might respond to this weekend’s strikes by Iran.

Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador the United States, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that “the rules have to be changed” following Saturday night’s attack.

Eyal Hulata, a former Israeli national security adviser, said military retaliation is not the only response available, adding further international sanctions against Iran could be possible.

Some context: Iran has been under a host of international sanctions for years which have battered the country’s economy. But they have had limited impact on changing the government’s approach to Israel and the wider Middle East.

The US announced new sanctions on Iran in February –targeting a range of malicious Iranian initiatives, including their cyberwarfare and drone programs.

Iran's attack on Israel lasted about five hours, officials say. Here's what we know

From CNN staff

The unprecedented wave of strikes launched from Iran towards Israel appears to have subsided,two US officials said. The attacks lasted approximately five hours and plunged the already tinder box Middle East into uncharted territory.

Iran said the overnight attacks were retaliation for a deadly Israeli strike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus, Syria, earlier this month.

The Biden administration says almost all of the drones and missiles – including more than 100 ballistic missiles – launched at Israel by Iran have been knocked out of the sky.

US President Joe Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a phone call that his country should consider tonight a win because the current US assessment is that Iran’s attacks had been largely unsuccessful and demonstrated Israel’s superior military capability, a senior administration official told CNN.

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has asked his Israeli counterpart, Yoav Gallant, to notify the US ahead of any potential response to the Iranian attack, according to a US official. The Israeli security cabinet has authorized the three-man war cabinet to decide on Israel’s response.

Here’s what we know so far:

  • No direct casualties: There have been no reports of injuries suffered directly through Iranian strikes, according to Israel’s emergency service. However, However, a 7-year-old girl was severely injured by shrapnel from an interceptor missile while 31 people were treated for minor injuries or panic attacks.
  • G7 leaders to meet: Biden will meet with G7 leaders Sunday “to coordinate a united diplomatic response to Iran’s brazen attack,” according to a statement released by the White House.The leaders of Canada and Portugal condemned Iran’s attack, while the prime minister of Spain expressed his “utmost concern.”
  • No US offensive involvement: The US will not participate in any offensive operations against Iran, Biden has made clear to Netanyahu, a senior administration official told CNN.
  • How it started:Earlier this month, an airstrikedestroyed Iran’s consulate buildingin Damascus, Syria, and killed seven Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps officials — including top commanders, according to Iranian officials and state-affiliated media. The foreign ministers of Iran and Syria accused Israel of authoring the attack. Iranvowed to retaliate.
  • More on Iran’s position:Iran’s regional allies say they entered confrontations with Israelon behalf of Palestiniansin Gaza, Since the outbreak of warin Gaza, Iran’s proxies have launched attacks on Israel and its allies, whiledemanding a ceasefirein the Palestinian enclave.
  • What this means:The beginning of a state-on-state conflict between Iran and Israel marks a serious escalation in the region – a scenario that the US has hoped to avoid since the start ofthe Israel-Hamas warin October.

Biden told Netanyahu US will not participate in offensive operations against Iran, US official says

From CNN's MJ Lee
April 14, 2024 - Iran’s attack on Israel | CNN (37)

A US Marine guards the entrance to the West Wing of the White House on Saturday.

The US will not participate in any offensive operations against Iran, US President Joe Biden has made clear to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a senior administration official told CNN.

The comments were relayed during the phone call that the two leaders shared in the aftermath of Iran’s retaliatory strikes against Israel.

Biden tells Netanyahu tonight was a win, nothing of "value" hit in Israel, US official says

From CNN's MJ Lee

Israel should consider tonight a win because the current US assessment is that Iran’s attacks had been largely unsuccessful and demonstrated Israel’s superior military capability, President Joe Biden told Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in their phone call, a senior administration official told CNN.

No reports of injuries directly through Iranian strikes, according to Israel’s emergency service

From CNN’s Benjamin Brown in London

There have been no reports of injuries suffered directly through Iranian strikes, according to Israel’s emergency service.

However, the Magen David Adom (MDA) emergency service said it was called to treat a total of 31 people who suffered minor injuries while making their way to shelters and who suffered panic attacks during the drone and missile attacks.

Earlier, MDA said it had taken a 7-year-old girl to hospital who had suffered a severe head injury due to shrapnel from an interceptor missile that was launched to intercept an Iranian projectile.

Israeli military says more than 55 rockets fired from Lebanon to Israel over past hour

More than 55 rockets have been fired from Lebanon to Israel over the past hour, according to the Israeli military’s spokesperson.

This comes after about 40 rockets were fired at Israel from southern Lebanon on Friday, according to the Israel Defense Forces. Hezbollah militants said they had fired the rockets at Israeli artillery positions in response to recent Israeli attacks and in support of Palestinian people in Gaza.

Remember:Since the start of the Hamas-Israel war on October 7, Israel’s flare-up with Hezbollah has intensified on Lebanon’s southern border with Israel.

Hezbollah — a Lebanese armed group backed by Iran — has its main area of operations there. Hezbollah has frequently fired missiles into Israel since October 7 and Israel has responded with its own fire, including airstrikes. Israel has ordered the evacuation of communities along the Lebanese border.

Iran's attack on Israel lasted about five hours, US officials say

From CNN’s Oren Liebermann

The wave of strikes launched from Iran towards Israel appears to have subsided,two US officials said. The attacks lasted approximately five hours.

Early Sunday morning in Israel, the country’s Home Front Command canceled its request for citizens to remain near shelters, an indication that the Israeli military believes the immediate threat of incoming attack has passed.

The US, along with Israel, monitored the barrage of drone and missile attacks that began Saturday night and continued into early Sunday morning. The number of launches appeared to fall during Sunday’s early hours, the officials said.

However, even as the number of Iranian drone and missile launches has fallen, Iranian proxy Hezbollah in Lebanon fired a barrage of rockets at northern Israel early Sunday morning.

"Whoever harms us, we will harm them," says Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement on Saturday that Israel had been preparing for an attack from Iran.

“In recent years, and especially in recent weeks, Israel has been preparing for a direct attack by Iran,” he said.

Netanyahu thanked the US, Britain, France and its other allies for “standing alongside Israel.”

US has significant military presence in region and has said it will defend Israel

From CNN's Haley Britzky

Ahead of Iran launching dozens of drones toward Israel, President Joe Biden on Friday made clear the US would help defend its ally.

TheUShasforces in Iraq and Syriathat couldpotentially intercept dronesen route to Israel, depending on the location from which they’re launched. US Navy forces in the Red Sea have previously intercepted long-range missiles launched from the Houthis in Yemen toward Israel.

Troops in region: There are thousands of US troops throughout the Middle East, and a US defense official told CNN this week that the Defense Department was moving additional assets to the Middle East.

At the start of the war between Israel and Hamas, the US shifted a significant number ofassetsto the Middle East in an attempt toact as a deterrence and preventthe conflict from spilling out into the region more broadly.

Anotherroughly 1,000 US troopsare still en route to help set up a floating pier that will be used to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza. Pentagon spokesperson Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder said this week that it was still on track to be operational by late April or early May.

Strike group: The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower carrier strike group remains in the region. The strike group includes 6,000 sailors, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Mason (DDG 87) and USS Gravely (DDG 107). The group also includes Carrier Air Wing Three, which is composed of nine squadrons, including four strike fighter squadrons.

Houthi attacks: For the last several months, the US has continuously shot down missiles, rockets, and drones launched by the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen, as well as attacks launched by Iran-backed proxy groups in Iraq and Syria. Three US soldierswere killedin January when a drone was launched at a small US outpost in Jordan.

CENTCOM leader: Gen. Erik Kurilla, the commander of CENTCOMwho is the senior general overseeing US forces in the Middle East, was in Israel on Friday for meetings with his Israeli counterparts. A US official told CNN on Saturday that Kurilla had left the country.

Iran launches retaliatory strikes toward Israel

From CNN's Lauren Izso,Jeremy Diamond,Hamdi AlkhshaliandAdam Pourahmadi

Iranlaunched a wave of retaliatory strikes toward Israel, fueling fears of regional escalation following an apparent Israeli attack on an Iranian embassy complex in Syria last week.

Several dozen drones were launched from within Iran on Saturday, a senior US administration official told CNN, while an Israeli military officer put the number at “more than 100.” Iran state media confirmed that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) had “launched extensive drone strikes against targets in occupied territories,” referring to Israel.

Missiles were also launched, according to Israeli and Iranian media.

Public shelters were opened in the northern Israeli city of Haifa and Israel’s transportation ministry said it would close its airspace. Nearby Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq also announced the temporary closure of their airspace.

US President Joe Biden met with his national security team to assess the attack, according to a US official.

The US National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson said Saturday that Biden is “in constant communication with Israeli officials as well as other partners and allies,” and reaffirmed his position that the administration’s “support for Israel’s security is ironclad.”

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