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‘Will respond to Iran at time we choose’

Updated on: 17 April,2024 07:38 AM IST  |  Jerusalem
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While Israel military chief did not elaborate, Israeli PM has been huddling with top officials to discuss a response

‘Will respond to Iran at time we choose’

Demonstrators in Los Angeles rally during a ‘Strike for Gaza’ protest calling for a permanent ceasefire. Pic/AP

Israel’s military chief that his country will respond to Iran’s weekend attack, but he did not elaborate on when and how as world leaders urged against retaliation, trying to avoid a spiral of violence in West Asia.

The Iranian attack on Saturday came in response to a suspected Israeli strike two weeks earlier on an Iranian consular building in the Syrian capital of Damascus that killed two Iranian generals. It marked the first time Iran has launched a direct military assault on Israel despite decades of enmity dating back to the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Iran launched hundreds of drones, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles at Israel in the attack. The Israeli military said that 99 per cent of the drones and missiles were intercepted, by Israel’s own air defences and warplanes and in coordination with a US-led coalition of partners. Israeli military chief Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi said Monday that Israel is considering its next steps but that the Iranian strike “will be met with a response”.

Demonstrators in Los Angeles rally during a ‘Strike for Gaza’ protest calling for a permanent ceasefire. Pic/AP
Demonstrators in Los Angeles rally during a ‘Strike for Gaza’ protest calling for a permanent ceasefire. Pic/AP

Halevi gave no details. The army’s spokesman, Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, said Israel will respond “at the time that we choose”. Both men spoke at the Nevatim air base in southern Israel, which Hagari said suffered only light damage in the Iranian attack. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been huddling with top officials to discuss a possible response.

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