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  • Israel responds to Iran.
  • It says it will retaliate for the recent attack.
  • They say their missile defense was a success.

In response to a recent missile attack by Iran, Israel has declared its intent to retaliate, raising concerns globally.

A senior Israeli military official stated that his country would take action, though specifics on the timing or method were not disclosed.

Lieutenant General Herzi Halevi said that they are assessing their options but affirmed that there will be a response to the Iranian missile and drone attack.

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During a visit to Nevatim Air Base, Halevi reported on the minor damage the base suffered due to the Iranian attack.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been in discussions with senior officials, according to The Associated Press.

These discussions are to consider the possible response to this incident, which involved a significant number of drones, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles.

Amid calls from world leaders urging Israel to exercise restraint, Saturday marked Iran’s first direct military attack on Israel amidst decades of hostilities.

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The conflict between the countries dates back to the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

This attack occurred less than two weeks after an alleged Israeli attack in Syria that resulted in the deaths of two Iranian generals at a consular building.

The Israeli military has claimed that it managed to intercept 99% of the drones and missiles launched by Iran, with support from other countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, and France.

Despite these reports of successful interceptions, Tehran has described the attack as a success.

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In Washington, National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby declined to comment on whether the United States expected to be informed of any Israeli response plan.

Kirby told reporters that the U.S. will let the Israelis determine what they are doing, accordng to the AP.

This escalation of tensions between Israel and Iran unfolds in the context of Israel’s six-month conflict with Hamas militants in Gaza.

The war erupted following attacks by Hamas and Islamic Jihad, two Palestinian groups backed by Iran, which left 1,200 dead and 250 kidnapped on October 7.

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Additionally, the Israeli military issued a warning on Monday, urging Palestinians to refrain from returning to northern Gaza.

This occurred a day after an incident in which witnesses and medical officials reported that Israeli forces shot and killed five people among a crowd.

According to the AP, these individuals were displaced people attempting to return to their homes in the devastated area.

The Israeli offensive in the north of the territory, initiated shortly after Hamas’s attack on Israel on October 7, led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.

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Over the past months, vast areas of the north were reduced to rubble, including much of Gaza City.

Approximately 300,000 people remaining there face an imminent food crisis, according to United Nations reports.

Despite the harsh conditions in refugee camps and schools turned into shelters, many Palestinians expressed their desire to return, tired of being displaced.

However, some also fear remaining in Rafah, the southernmost city in Gaza, in the face of the threat of future attacks by Israel in an attempt to dismantle Hamas.

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