Update: Iran launches drone attack on Israel

Mohamed Samir
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Iranian drones are inducted into Iran's Army, in Tehran, Iran, January 22, 2024. Iranian Army/WANA (West Asia News Agency)/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.

In a dramatic escalation of tensions, Iran launched a drone attack on Israel on Saturday, Israeli media reported. Dozens of drones are reportedly en route to Israeli airspace within hours.

This strike follows an Israeli airstrike on an Iranian consulate in Damascus, Syria, earlier this month, which killed several Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commanders. Iran vowed retaliation, and this drone attack is seen as a direct response.

Iran has confirmed the launch of  drones and announced the imminent launch of missile attack on Israel, Iranian Fars news agency said.

According to Tasnim news agency, the IRGC’s large-scale missile and unmanned operations against targets in Israel began a few minutes ago.

The Israeli military is on high alert, closely monitoring the situation. The Israeli Air Force is prepared to intercept the drones, with ground forces also on standby for potential attacks.

Earlier on Saturday, tensions further flared when Iranian commandos seized an Israeli-affiliated container ship near the Strait of Hormuz. They rappelled from a helicopter onto the vessel, the latest escalation in the long-running conflict between the two nations.

This seizure follows the Israeli strike in Syria and comes amid heightened regional tensions. The recent war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has reignited decades-old animosity, and any further attacks risk spiralling into a wider regional conflict.

Iranian state media identified the seized ship as the Portuguese-flagged MSC Aries, associated with London-based Zodiac Maritime. The attack was reportedly carried out by a special forces unit of the IRGC’s navy.

For nearly two weeks, speculation has mounted about a potential Iranian response, fueled by U.S. intelligence reports indicating preparations for attacks on Israel by Iran or its proxies.

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Mohamed Samir Khedr is an economic and political journalist, analyst, and editor specializing in geopolitical conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, and the Eastern Mediterranean. For the past decade, he has covered Egypt's and the MENA region's financial, business, and geopolitical updates. Currently, he is the Executive Editor of the Daily News Egypt, where he leads a team of journalists in producing high-quality, in-depth reporting and analysis on the region's most pressing issues. His work has been featured in leading international publications. Samir is a highly respected expert on the Middle East and Africa, and his insights are regularly sought by policymakers, academics, and business leaders. He is a passionate advocate for independent journalism and a strong believer in the power of storytelling to inform and inspire. Twitter: https://twitter.com/Moh_S_Khedr LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mohamed-samir-khedr/
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