Iran launches drones toward Israel in retaliatory attack

Iran launched drones from its territory toward Israel late Saturday, the Israeli military said, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the country was “ready for any scenario.”

Israel Defense Forces spokesperson Daniel Hagari said in brief remarks Saturday evening it would take several hours for the drones to reach Israel. Israeli forces were responding according to plan, he said. If threats with “shorter arrival times” are found, “we will immediately alert,” Hagari said.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps launched “dozens of drones and missiles” toward Israel, Iranian state media reported. The attack was targeting “specific targets” in Israel, it said.
Iranian state media said the attack was in retaliation for the Israeli strike on an Iranian consular building this month in Damascus, Syria, which killed seven people, including two senior members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

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Hagari said the IDF was on “high alert and is constantly monitoring the operational situation.” Aerial defenses were on “high alert,” with Air Force jets and Navy vessels on a “defense mission in Israeli air and naval space,” he said.
Israeli settlers on Saturday rampaged violently across parts of the occupied West Bank. The groups, angered over the death of an Israeli teen, who the IDF said was murdered by “terrorists,” stormed Palestinian villages, burned homes, and attacked motorists, killing one man in the village of al-Mughayyir.

Jordan and Lebanon, which each border Israel, temporarily closed their airspace to incoming, departing and transit aircraft.

Jacob Toukhy, a staff member of the USAID mission in the West Bank and Gaza, was killed near his home in Jaffa, according to an internal memo seen by The Post. The U.S. Agency for International Development is working with the U.S. Embassy to ascertain details about the death, the agency said Friday.

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