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Why did Iran strike Israel? Why is America defending itself against Israel?

Iran clashed Isarael

Iran unleashed a barrage of missiles and drones at Israel overnight, as regional tensions over the Gaza conflict remained high. President Biden condemned the attacks and called with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reaffirm the United States’ support for Israeli security. Iranian state media reported that the attack was in reprisal for an Israeli strike on an Iranian diplomatic building in Syria on April 1.

What happened?

  • Iran unleashed more than 300 drones, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles on Israel late Saturday, marking Tehran’s first full-scale military offensive.
  • According to Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, the Israel Defense Forces spokesman, 99 percent of the projectiles were intercepted; nonetheless, some fell within Israeli territory, and one hit a military base in the country’s south. A 10-year-old girl was critically injured in the incident, he said.
  • According to the state-run Tasnim News Agency, Tehran’s operation was “four-pronged,” with targets in Iran, Lebanon, Iraq, and Yemen.
  • The US military assisted Israel in destroying “nearly all” of the drones and missiles, Biden said in a statement, adding that he would meet with Group of Seven leaders on Sunday to discuss a coordinated diplomatic response.

Why did Iran attack to Isarael

  • Iranian media reported that the incident was in response for an Israeli strike on an Iranian consular building in Damascus, Syria, which killed members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, including senior commander Mohammad Reza Zahedi and Brig. Gen. Mohammad Hadi Haj Rahimi.
  • Israel has conducted operations in Syria against Iran and its supporters for years, as well as a six-month military assault against Hamas in Gaza. However, the April 1 attack was notable for two reasons: it took place in a diplomatic facility, which has historically been spared from hostilities, and the suspected targets were senior in rank.
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Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, promised that his country would avenge the attack. U.N. Secretary General António Guterres condemned the strike, citing “the inviolability of diplomatic and consular premises.”

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