Hamas deems Iranian attack on Israel “justified response”

Hamas deems Iranian attack on Israel “justified response”

Shafaq News / Hamas, the Palestinian movement, characterized Iran's drone and missile strike on Israel on Sunday as a "justifiable response."

The movement stated that "the military action conducted by the Islamic Republic of Iran against the occupying Zionist entity is a warranted reaction to the targeting of the Iranian consulate in Damascus and the assassination of several Revolutionary Guard leaders there."

Emphasizing "the inherent right of nations and peoples in the region to defend themselves against Zionist aggression," Hamas urged "the Arab and Islamic nations, as well as the international community and the resistance forces in the region, to continue their support for the Palestinian cause and the right of the Palestinian people to freedom, independence, and the establishment of their Palestinian state with its capital in Jerusalem."

late on Saturday, Iran launched explosive drones and fired missiles directly at Israel, marking its first direct assault. This retaliatory strike has heightened the threat of a broader regional conflict, with the United States pledging unwavering support for Israel.

Sirens blared across Israel as residents reported hearing distant explosions, likely stemming from aerial interceptions of explosive drones.

Some of the ballistic missiles from Iran targeted the "Nevatim" Air Base in the al-Naqab desert, according to reports from the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Sunday.

IRNA noted that Israeli attacking jets had taken off from "Nevatim" to conduct the assault on the Iranian embassy in Syria.

Earlier statements from Iranian officials alleged that F-35 fighter jets were used in the attack, launching six missiles at the consular section of the Iranian embassy.

The Israeli military reported that the Iranian barrage, consisting of over 200 drones and missiles, caused minor damage to a single military facility.

Israel initially issued alerts to residents to prepare for shelter but later revised this stance, indicating that the immediate threat had subsided. Nonetheless, Israeli officials vowed a "significant response" to the attack, as tensions remain high in the region.

Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, Israel's military spokesperson, revealed that Iran had launched numerous ground-to-ground missiles, most of which were intercepted outside Israeli borders. The successful interception, including cruise missiles, was described as a "strategic achievement."

"25 of the 30 cruise missiles were shot down by Israel." He added.

In turn, the Israeli army noted that the majority of aerial threats were neutralized, with only minor impacts reported at an Israeli base in the southern region.

Meanwhile, Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force declared a retaliatory operation named "Truthful Promise," targeting Israeli positions in what they term "occupied Palestine."

The IRGC's statement cited the operation as a response to perceived provocations by Israel, including the attack on the Iranian embassy in Syria.

The IRGC's Aerospace Force said the "Truthful Promise" was launched to "punish the criminal Zionist regime."

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