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Concerns of increased tensions following Iranian air strike on Israel

Iran’s air attack on Israel sparks fear of escalation in the Middle East as leaders condemn the attack and consider responses. Israeli military intercepts most projectiles launched by Iran. Iran’s attack in retaliation for high-ranking officer killings in Syria. Israel’s infrastructure sustains minor damage, but remains operational.

Israeli military successfully intercepts majority of Iran’s missiles. Iran’s use of ballistic missiles signals clear escalation. Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz reaffirms commitment to retaliate if Iran attacks. War cabinet to discuss next steps. Iranian President Raisi claims attack on Israel was a success and warns allies against counter-attacks.

Israel calls for UN Security Council meeting to condemn Iran’s attack and designate IRGC as a terrorist organization. Italy convenes G7 heads of state for a meeting to coordinate response to Iran’s attack. Western leaders including US President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, and French President Emmanuel Macron denounce the attack.

Chinese Foreign Ministry urges all sides to exercise calm and restraint to prevent further tensions. Moscow blames Western powers for failing to respond to attack on Iran’s consulate in Damascus. Russia and Iran, facing sanctions, have strengthened ties in recent years. Iran had vowed to respond to the April 1 attack on its embassy compound in Damascus.

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