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Israel Claims to Have Shot Down 99% of Iran’s Missiles and Drones

In a first direct attack against Israel, Iran launched more than 300 missiles and drones, intercepted by Israel with 99% success rate. Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant stated, “Together with our partners, we managed to block the attack with very little damage caused.”

Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Spokesman Daniel Hagari revealed that Iran launched around 170 drones, over 30 cruise missiles, and more than 120 ballistic missiles. The IDF’s Arrow anti-missile system successfully intercepted most of the ballistic missiles, with only a few causing minor damage to Israel.

After more than six hours of closure, Israeli airspace was reopened, along with Jordan’s airspace. The closure in Lebanon and Iraq has also been lifted. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emphasized unity, stating, “We intercepted. We blocked. Together we will win.”

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Commander Hossein Salami cautioned against any reaction from Israel, warning of a stronger response. Despite a phone call between Netanyahu and US President Joe Biden, Israel may not have US support for a counterattack. The IDF remains on high alert.

Hagari described the attack as a severe and dangerous escalation, emphasizing Israel’s commitment to protect its security. When asked about retaliation, he stated that the army will do whatever is necessary. The situation remains tense as both sides assess their next steps in this ongoing conflict.

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