April 13: IDF says Iran fired 200 missiles and drones; most intercepted; minor damage at IDF base

Unprecedented assault triggered sirens nationwide, booms of interceptions * Bedouin child hurt by shrapnel * IAF, US, UK, Jordan intercepted projectiles

By   13 April 2024, 6:17 am

Israeli air defenses intercept Iranian launches on April 14, 2024. (Screenshot/Facebook)

Defense chief speaking with US counterpart regarding Iran attack

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant is speaking to his American counterpart, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, following the Iranian attack on Israel, Gallant’s office says.

Gallant “informed the secretary of defense about Israel’s defense actions against the Iranian attack,” his office says.

The minister also thanked Austin for standing by Israel’s side, and “emphasized that the defense establishment maintains maximum readiness against further attack attempts.”

Iran strike caused slight damage to IDF military base – military spokesman

Israeli air defenses intercept Iranian launches on April 14, 2024. (Screen capture/Channel 12)

IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari says Iran launched dozens of ballistic missiles at Israel, causing slight damage to a military base.

He says most of the missiles were intercepted by the long-range Arrow air defense system. The missiles were mostly downed outside of Israeli airspace, he says.

One strike led to the injury of a young girl in the Negev, and additional impacts caused “slight damage to infrastructure” at a military base in southern Israel, Hagari says. The girl, according to medics, was hurt by shrapnel following an interception.

He says fighter jets also downed dozens of cruise missiles and dozens of drones.

In total, Iran launched more than 200 projectiles at Israel, according to Hagari.

He says the incident is not over.

UN chief ‘strongly condemns’ Iran’s attack on Israel, calls for ‘immediate cessation of these hostilities’

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during a press conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, at the foreign ministry headquarters in the Egypt’s New Administrative Capital, Sunday, March 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says in a statement, “I strongly condemn the serious escalation represented by the large-scale attack launched on Israel by the Islamic Republic of Iran this evening. I call for an immediate cessation of these hostilities.”

“I am deeply alarmed about the very real danger of a devastating region-wide escalation. I urge all parties to exercise maximum restraint to avoid any action that could lead to major military confrontations on multiple fronts in the Middle East.”

“I have repeatedly stressed that neither the region nor the world can afford another war.”

Iran vows further ‘defensive measures’ against military aggression

Iran says it will not hesitate to take further “defensive measures” to protect its interests against any military aggression, the Iranian foreign ministry says in a statement.

“Iran, if necessary, will not hesitate to take further defensive measures to safeguard its legitimate interests against any military aggressions and unlawful use of force,” it says, according to state TV, “while reaffirming its commitment to the principles of the United Nations Charter and international law.”

Report: Iran fired total of 150 missiles in attack on Israel

ABC News cites a senior US official who says Iran launched a total of 150 missiles at Israel during tonight’s attack.

Egypt calls for restraint without condemning Iran for attack on Israel

Egypt’s foreign ministry issues a statement expressing its “deep concern” regarding Iran’s attack on Israel and urges the sides to exercise the “utmost restraint” while managing to avoid explicitly condemning Tehran.
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  1. President Biden told Benjamin Netanyahu in their call tonight that the PM should consider tonight a win, given the US’s assessment that Iran’s attacks had been largely unsuccessful, a senior administration official says….

    Biden also made clear to Netanyahu that the US will not participate in any offensive operations against Iran.

    CNN Senior Correspondent MJ Lee

  2. The New York Times: “Two Israeli officials say Iran launched 185 drones and 36 cruise missiles. Most of the launches were from Iran, though a small portion came from Iraq and Yemen. Iran also launched 110 surface-to-surface missiles.”

    ELINT News

  3. Dr. Kedar on Channel 14 indicated the following: ‘Jordan recently has been attacked from surrogates of Iran (e.g Hamas massive demonstrations recently) or Iran. The Jordanians believe after Iran has taken over Syria and Iraq they were the next target, in order to encircle Israel.’

    Jordan shot down many drones that were fired by Iran over Jordan to hit Israel this night. One missile landed in Aman, Jordan.