Israel Catches 99% of Iran’s Launches – What a Feat!

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Israel says 99% of Iran's launches intercepted

The Israeli military said on Sunday that it intercepted about 99 percent of more than 300 missiles and drones Iran launched late Saturday in its first direct attack against Israel, reported Xinhua.

Booms, the noise of heavy fighter jet traffic, and air raid sirens were heard across Israel as the Iranian retaliatory assault, seeking vengeance for the killing of seven Iranian officials, including two veteran commanders, in Damascus on April 1, began around midnight.

"Together with our partners, the Americans and others, we managed to block the attack with very little damage caused," said Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, describing the outcome as "an impressive achievement."

Gallant noted that the incident has not been over, and the Israeli Air Force remains on high alert.

In a press briefing, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Spokesman Daniel Hagari said that Iran had launched about 170 drones, more than 30 cruise missiles, and over 120 ballistic missiles.

Hagari said the IDF's Arrow anti-missile system successfully intercepted most of the ballistic missiles outside the atmosphere.

According to the spokesman, "a few" ballistic missiles did hit Israel, causing minor damage to the Nevatim Airbase in the Negev Desert. The drones and cruise missiles did not hit Israeli territory.

Israel's Magen David Adom rescue service reported that a seven-year-old girl in a Bedouin village suffered severe injuries, apparently from a missile strike. However, it added that the circumstances of her injury were still under investigation by the police.

At 7:00 a.m. local time (0400 GMT), the Israeli airspace was opened after being closed for more than six hours, the Israeli Airports Authority said.

Jordanian state television reported that Jordan's airspace was also reopened in the morning after the kingdom participated in intercepting the drones overnight.

The closure of airspace in Lebanon and Iraq has also been lifted.

Footage released by the military showed an F-35 warplane returning to the Nevatim Airbase after participating in the defense operation. Israel's Channel 12 TV news broadcast footage of the country's international Ben Gurion Airport resuming operations, suggesting it was an indication that the nation is returning to normalcy.

"We intercepted. We blocked. Together we will win," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote on social media platform X on Sunday morning.

Iran's official news agency, IRNA, reported that Commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Hossein Salami warned on Sunday that any reaction from Israel would be met with a much stronger response.

Israel might not have the U.S. support for a counterattack. Overnight, Netanyahu and U.S. President Joe Biden talked over the phone, according to Netanyahu's office.

Israel's Walla news site reported that Biden told Netanyahu that the U.S. would not support an Israeli counterattack against Iran.

Hagari said that "a wide-scale attack by Iran is a severe and dangerous escalation." However, asked whether Israel would retaliate, he said only that the army "does and will do whatever is required to protect the security of Israel."

Hezbollah, Iran's key ally, which has been engaging in conflict with Israel since the start of the Gaza war, claimed early Sunday that it had targeted an Israeli military base with rockets. In response, the Israeli military stated that its fighter jets conducted airstrikes on multiple structures and a compound belonging to Hezbollah's Radwan Forces in southern Lebanon.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a statement that U.S. forces "intercepted dozens of missiles and UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) en route to Israel, launched from Iran, Iraq, Syria and Yemen."

Several Western countries, including France and Britain, condemned the Iranian retaliation, with the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres slamming it a "serious escalation."


  1. EmilySmith says

    Israel did a commendable job by intercepting 99% of the missiles and drones launched by Iran. It’s crucial for countries to collaborate, like Israel did with the Americans, to ensure such attacks are thwarted efficiently.

  2. Emily86 says

    Do the Israeli military and our partners have strategies in place to prevent similar attacks in the future?

    1. Michael79 says

      Yes, the Israeli military, along with our partners, is constantly developing and refining strategies to prevent similar attacks in the future. Our defense systems have proven effective in intercepting the majority of threats, and we are always vigilant and prepared to defend our nation against any aggression.

  3. EmilySmith83 says

    As an experienced journalist, I find it fascinating how Israel successfully intercepted 99% of Iran’s launches. The collaboration with partners like the Americans is indeed commendable. It’s crucial for countries to work together to ensure security and protection against such threats.

  4. EmilyJohnson says

    The Israeli military’s successful interception of over 99% of the missiles and drones launched by Iran demonstrates the effectiveness of their defense systems. It’s crucial for Israel and its allies to remain vigilant and prepared for any future threats.

  5. OliviaSmith says

    Israel says 99% of Iran’s launches were intercepted. This is a significant achievement and shows the effectiveness of the defense systems in place. It’s crucial for all parties involved to continue vigilance and cooperation to prevent further escalations in the region.

  6. Rachel_Smith says

    Wow, what a remarkable achievement by the Israeli military! It’s reassuring to hear that they were able to intercept such a high percentage of the missiles and drones launched by Iran. It underscores the importance of strong defense partnerships to protect against such threats.

  7. EmmaSmith2021 says

    This is truly impressive! I believe Israel’s defense capabilities have once again shown their strength and efficiency. It’s crucial for the safety and security of the people living in the country. It’s concerning to hear about the innocent casualties though, we must strive for peaceful solutions in such conflicts.

  8. Ashley234 says

    Did Israel sustain any casualties during the interception of the missiles and drones from Iran?

    1. EmilySmith says

      Yes, Israel did not sustain any casualties during the interception of the missiles and drones from Iran. The Israeli Defense Forces were successful in blocking the attack with minimal damage caused. It’s indeed a remarkable achievement in ensuring the safety and security of the country.

  9. EmilyJohnson says

    Israel’s success in intercepting 99% of Iran’s launches is truly remarkable. The cooperation with other nations played a crucial role in preventing substantial damage. It is crucial for Israel to remain vigilant and prepared for any future threats. Kudos to the Defense Minister and IDF for their swift response and effective defense strategies.

  10. Caroline_1988 says

    Did Israel really manage to intercept 99% of Iran’s launches? How accurate is this information?

  11. Emily_1987 says

    Wow, Israel’s defense system is truly impressive! It’s good to hear that they managed to intercept most of the missiles and drones launched by Iran. Hopefully, this incident will serve as a reminder for everyone to prioritize peace and de-escalation in the region.

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