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By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

The much-anticipated Iranian retaliatory attack on Israel has begun, Israeli officials told the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation (KAN).

The Iranian retaliation was expected following an Israeli aggression that flattened the Iranian consulate in Damascus on April 1. 

Though Israel has attacked many Iranian targets in the past, the attack on the consulate is an escalation since it targeted a ‘sovereign’ Iranian territory – the diplomatic mission. 

Washington has warned Iran against retaliating, though the Americans failed to condemn the Israeli aggression on Iran, which resulted in the killing of 13 people, including seven military officials. 

Below are the latest updates regarding the Iranian retaliation: 

Sunday, April 14, O1:40 am (GMT+2)

IRGC (Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps): We targeted Israeli military camps and hit our targets precisely.

Sunday, April 14, O1:30 am (GMT+2)

IRGC (Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps): We warn the administration that any involvement in targeting Iran’s interests will be met with a decisive response. America is responsible for the actions of the Zionist entity and must bear the consequences if it is not controlled.

IRAN: Iran’s defense minister has warned against Israel carrying out any counterattacks after Tehran fired missiles and drones at it.

IRNA: Iran’s state news agency IRNA quoted Ashtiani as saying that any country that attacked Iran would receive a “firm response”.

WSJ: The Wall Street Journal quoted Western and French officials as saying that the French navy had deployed forces to defend Israel.

REUTERS: Jordanian fighter jets fired on dozens of Iranian drones in northern and central Jordan on their way to Israel.

Sunday, April 14, O1:15 am (GMT+2)

AL-MAYADEEN, MEDIA: Sirens are sounded in the Upper Galilee, Beersheba, the Negev, the coastal plain of Haifa, Tel Aviv, the Dead Sea and Jerusalem.

KAN: The United States and Arab countries participated in intercepting Iranian drones launched towards Israel.

Sunday, April 14, 12:30 am (GMT+2)

AL-MAYADEEN: Iran’s Mission to the United Nations: Iran’s military action was in response to Israel’s aggression against our diplomatic premises in Damascus.

Sunday, April 14, 12:25 am (GMT+2)

ISRAELI ARMY: We call on residents of the Golan, Nabatim, Dimona and Eilat to stay near the shelters.

Sunday, April 14, 12:20 am (GMT+2)

ISRAEL’S CHANNEL 12: Senior officials in President Joe Biden’s administration have asked the Israeli government to discuss any Israeli response to the Iranian attack with Washington.

BRITISH MEDIA: UK Foreign Secretary David Cameron: Iran’s reckless attacks on Israel will only inflame tensions in the Middle East. We call on the Iranian regime to stop this dangerous escalation, which is in no one’s interest.

NYT (Citing Israeli officials): We expect sites in the Golan and an air base in the Negev desert to be targeted.

Sunday, April 14, 12:00 am (GMT+2)

ABC (Citing Israeli official): Iran is targeting only military sites.

AL-JAZEERA: Dozens of rockets were fired from southern Lebanon towards the Galilee and the occupied Golan.

ISRAELI MEDIA: Ambry Maritime Security Company says drones were launched by from Yemen towards Israel.

ISRAEL’S CHANNEL 12: British fighter jets had taken off from Cyprus to intercept drones and missiles launched from Iran towards Israel.

ABC (Citing US sources): Iranian attack will include between 400 and 500 drones that will be launched towards Israel, in addition to missiles.

NOOR NEWS (Iranian news website): As Iranian drones approach Israel, the main part of the ‘compound attack’ will begin.

Saturday, April 13, 11:20 pm (GMT+2)

CHANNEL 14: Hysteria in Israel in anticipation of Iranian attack.

Saturday, April 13, 11:00 pm (GMT+2)

ISRAELI CHANNEL 12: Iranian drones expected to reach Israel by 2 AM.

Al-MAYADEEN: No Israeli warplanes over Gaza.

ISRAELI CHANNEL 12: The Israeli army is now carrying out a large-scale attack in the heart of Lebanon.

IRAN: The X account of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei republished a post saying, “the malicious Zionist entity will be punished.”

WHITE HOUSE: US President Joe Biden will hold a meeting with the secretaries of defense and state, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the national security adviser.

KAN: The Israel Broadcasting Corporation said that Israel decided to close the airspace until seven in the morning.

Saturday, April 13, 10:450 pm (GMT+2)

IRGC (Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps): Retaliatory Attack on Israel includes tens of drones and missiles.

IRANIAN TV: Iran officially declares the start of an attack on Israel.

ISRAELI MEDIA: A third wave of Iranian drones launched towards Israel.

Saturday, April 13, 10:30 pm (GMT+2)

IRAQI NEWS AGENCY: the Minister of Transport announced the closure of airspace and the cessation of navigation traffic.

Saturday, April 13, 10:15 pm (GMT+2)

AXIOS: Iran launches swarm of Kamikaze drones at Israel. 

Saturday, April 13, 10:00 pm (GMT+2)

KAN: Iran begins retaliatory attack on Israel. 

Saturday, April 13, 9:30 pm (GMT+2)

ISRAELI ARMY SPOKESPERSON: The Israeli military and air force are fully prepared for the Iranian threats, which are expected to take place in the next few hours. 

AL-MAYADEEN: Israel will close its airspace starting at 1 am Jerusalem time.

ISRAELI MEDIA: the mini-ministerial council will hold its emergency meeting tonight in a fortified underground building at the Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv, to discuss the possible Iranian attack.

MAARIV: The Israeli Foreign Minister postpones a visit to Hungary and Austria.

ISRAELI RADIO: the mini-ministerial council is holding an emergency meeting tonight to discuss the possibility of Iran launching an attack on Israel.

Saturday, April 13, 9:00 pm (GMT+2)

JORDANIAN AVIATION REGULATORY AUTHORITY: The Jordanian Aviation Regulatory Authority announced the temporary and precautionary closure of the country’s airspace to aircraft movement, starting tonight.

AL-JAZEERA: Protest leaders in Tel Aviv announced the end of their demonstration demanding the conclusion of a prisoner exchange deal and the early dismissal of the government, due to new instructions from the Israeli Home Front, which banned gatherings for two days.

ISRAELI HOME FRONT: The Home Front in Israel announced the cancellation of educational activities and the ban on gatherings of more than a thousand people, starting tonight and for two days, as part of preparations to confront an expected Iranian response to the consulate attack in Damascus.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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