Exceeding Expectations: Iranian Ballistic Missiles, Drones Hit Many Regions in Israel – DEVELOPING STORY

The Iranian retaliations by far exceeded all expectations. (Photo: Social Media)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

On Saturday night, the much-anticipated Iranian retaliatory attack on Israel began, 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: 

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Sunday, April 14, 7:30 pm (GMT+2)

JORDANIAN FM: Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Al-Safadi said that Amman summoned the Iranian ambassador in protest against offensive statements against Jordan that were broadcast on the Iranian News Agency.

KAN: Netanyahu postponed the date of a ground operation in Rafah.

JOHN KIRBY: We do not seek to expand the scope of the war and escalate tensions.

POLITICO (quoting ideali official): There will be a response to Iran that does not lead to an all-out war.

SENIOR US OFFICIAL: Failure to contain the conflict could lead to a catastrophic situation.

JORDANIAN ROYAL COURT: King Abdullah II received a phone call from US President Joe Biden, during which they discussed efforts to reduce the escalation.

REUTERS: The Turkish Foreign Minister discusses with his American counterpart Iran’s response to Israel.

WASHINGTON POST: American officials sent messages to Israel to limit its retaliatory responses and calm down after the Iranian attack that targeted it.

WHITE HOUSE: US President Joe Biden participated in a call with G7 leaders to discuss the unprecedented Iranian attack on Israel.

G7: Iran risks provoking an uncontrollable regional escalation. We will continue to work to stabilize the situation and avoid further escalation in the Middle East.

BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY: In a phone call with Abdollahian, I officially condemned the Iranian attack on Israel.

RUSSIA: The Foreign Ministers of Russia, Sergei Lavrov, and of Iran, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, discussed – in a phone call – developments in the situation in the Middle East. Lavrov and Abdullahian stressed that any additional escalation could lead to increased tension in the Middle East.

‘Political Killing’ – Russian Foreign Minister Condemns Israeli Attack on Iranian Consulate in Damascus

Sunday, April 14, 6:30 pm (GMT+2)

ISRAELI ARMY CHIEF OF STAFF: The Israeli Chief of Staff values ​​cooperation with the United States to form a defensive alliance.

NBC (quoting Chairman of US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee): Washington should not engage in military action against Iran.

Sunday, April 14, 5:00 pm (GMT+2)

ISRAELI DEFENSE MINISTER: Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said that Israel experienced “one of the most dramatic nights,” but “thanks to continuous preparations, we achieved wonderful results.” Israel has now an opportunity to form a strategic alliance against Iran after the attack.

US MEDIA: Reports broadcast by CNN and the Wall Street Journal on Sunday stated that US President Joe Biden informed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the United States will not participate in any Israeli attack in response to Iran’s attacks.

TURKISH DIPLOMATIC SOURCE (to Reuters): A Turkish diplomatic source told Reuters on Sunday that Iran had informed Turkey in advance of its operation against Israel, adding that the United States had notified Iran through Ankara that its operation must be “within certain limits.”

Sunday, April 14, 4:00 pm (GMT+2)

NETHERLANDS NEWS AGENCY: the Netherlands advised its citizens not to travel to Israel due to the unstable security situation.

ISRAELI MEDIA: Israeli media said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the ministers in his government not to make statements or give press interviews regarding Iran.

AL-JAZEERA: A war council session began to discuss options for an Israeli response to Iran.

ISRAELI ARMY RADIO. Benny Gantz: We will build a regional alliance to confront the Iranian threat.

Iranian Retaliation – Biden Advises Netanyahu against Israeli Response

“We will collect the price from Iran in the manner and time that suits us, and we must strengthen the strategic alliance and regional cooperation that we have established and which have proven successful when put to the real test.”

BEN-GVIR: we must not follow a policy of containment in order to create deterrence in the Middle East, but rather we must respond madly.

KIRBY: Biden does not believe that the Iranian attack requires escalation into a broader war.

Sunday, April 14, 2:30 pm (GMT+2)

KIRBY: Most of the attacks targeting Israel last night were launched from Iranian territory, and the rest were from its agents in Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen. In an interview with CNN, Kirby ruled out the expansion of the situation into a regional war, and explained that Washington participated in repelling the Iranian attack to prevent that.

ISRAELI FM: The Revolutionary Guard must be declared a terrorist organization immediately. Iran must pay the price for its aggression.


We warn Washington that we will target its bases and interests in the region if it intervenes to support the Zionist entity.

The Zionist entity will face a stronger and more difficult response if it continues its aggressive measures against Iran.

Sunday, April 14, 2:00 pm (GMT+2)

REUTERS (quoting Turkish diplomatic sources): Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian informed his Turkish counterpart Hakan Fidan that the Iranian response against Israel had ended.

IRANIAN FM: Iran informed neighboring countries 72 hours before the attack on Israel.

CNN (quoting Israeli official): Iran informed neighboring countries 72 hours before the attack on Israel.

BRITISH PM: British aircraft shot down a number of drones launched by Iran at Israel last night.

IRANIAN FM: We will not hesitate to defend our interests against any new aggression.

Sunday, April 14, 1:00 pm (GMT+2)

DUTCH PM: We strongly condemn Iran’s reckless and dangerous attacks on Israel. Israel’s security must not be exposed to further risks, and it is very important to prevent regional escalation.

FRENCH MILITARY SOURCE: We have taken measures to protect our facilities in the region.

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

IRANIAN FM: Tehran summons the ambassadors of Britain, France and Germany regarding their countries’ positions regarding the Revolutionary Guard’s response to Israel.

ISRAELI FM: Iran started the war, but we will end it according to our assessment.

NATO: NATO condemned the “Iranian escalation” after Tehran launched a missile and drone attack on Israel in response to the bombing of its consulate in Damascus, calling for restraint.

AUSTRIAN AIRLINES: Austrian Airlines suspends all flights to Tel Aviv, Erbil and Amman.

EMIRATES NEWS AGENCY: Abu Dhabi calls for the exercise of maximum restraint.

IRANIAN PRESIDENT: Everyone has become aware that the actions of the Zionist entity are considered a direct threat to regional and international security and peace. We targeted some Israeli military sites with missiles and drones in a responsible and proportionate move.

KUWAITI FM: Kuwait calls for avoiding the risks of escalation.

RUSSIA: Russia expressed its deep concern about the dangerous escalation in the region and called on all parties to exercise restraint.

Sunday, April 14, 11:00 am (GMT+2)

FRANCE: French President Emmanuel Macron condemned “in the strongest terms the unprecedented attack launched by Iran against Israel,” calling at the same time for “restraint” for fear of a greater regional escalation.

FARS NEWS AGENCY: Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi said that Iranian forces “taught the Zionist enemy a lesson,” stressing that any new adventure will be met with a heavier reaction.

MEHR AGENCY: the Revolutionary Guard used Shahed 136 drones and Khaybar 4 missiles in response to Israel.

ISRAELI MEDIA: The War Council will meet at 15:30 today to discuss ways of the Israeli response to the Iranian attack.

SPANISH PM: We condemn the Iranian attack on Israel as well as all forms of violence that threaten the safety and well-being of innocent civilians. We must learn from history and find a way to resolve conflicts through diplomatic means and avoid further escalation at all costs.

YEDIOTH AHRONOTH: The cost of air interceptions exceeded one billion dollars.

NYT (quoting experts): Iran used more advanced weapons in its attack than its allies.

Sunday, April 14, 10:20 am (GMT+2)

IRANIAN ARMY: Commander-in-chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Major General Hossein Salami said in a statement: We have established a new equation with the zionist entity, responding directly from Iranian territory to any aggression from it.

IRANIAN CHIEF OF STAFF: The Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Major General Mohammed Bagheri, said in a statement that:

The operation included targeting the Israeli intelligence headquarters on Mount Hermon (in the occupied Golan) involved in the attack on our consulate.

The operation also targeted the Nevatim base from which Isreali planes launched attacks on our consulate in Damascus.

We have destroyed both headquarters.

Sunday, April 14, 10:00 am (GMT+2)

ISRAELI HOME FRONT: The Israeli Home Front confirmed the presence of unexploded shells in various areas of the country and advised against approaching them.

SULTANATE OF OMAN: We are following with great interest the developments in the military escalation in the region and we call for restraint.

EMIRATES AIRLINES SPOKESMAN: Emirates Airlines cancels some flights after the Iranian attack on Israel.

BELGIAN PRIME MINISTER: Iran is a known state sponsor of terrorism and its direct attack on Israel is a dangerous escalation of violence in the Middle East.

IRAN’S REPRESENTATIVE TO UN: Iran’s representative to the United Nations, Amir Saeed Irani, said that Tehran’s response was in self-defense, as stipulated in Article 51 of the United Nations Charter.

TASNIM AGENCY: The authorities of Mehrabad Airport in the Iranian capital, Tehran, announced that the cancellation of flights was extended until 12:00 noon on Sunday, local time.

Sunday, April 14, 09:00 am (GMT+2)

IRANIAN NEWS AGENCY: The Revolutionary Guards trained in February 2023 for a missile attack simulating the bombing of the Nevatim air base.

ITALIAN PM’S OFFICE: Rome called for a video meeting of G7 leaders on Sunday to discuss the Iranian attack on Israel.

IRANIAN STATE TV: Tehran warned Washington, via Switzerland, against targeting its bases if it supported any Israeli response to it.

JORDAN: The Jordanian government considered what happened to be a confrontation between two parties, Israel and Iran, and called for non-escalation so that it does not turn into a regional war.

COMMANDER OF IRANIAN REVOLUTIONARY GUARD: We could have launched a broad operation, but we identified specific targets in the occupied territories. Our operation was limited and successful, and we struck the sites that were the starting point for targeting our consulate in Syria.

IRANIAN GENERAL STAFF: Our attack led to the destruction of two important Israeli military sites.

ISRAELI ARMY SPOKESMAN: Iran committed a dangerous act.

FORMER MOSSAD CHIEF: Former Mossad chief Yossi Cohen said that he does not advise responding to the Iranian attack, considering that Israel should not waste the alliance that stood with it in confronting this attack.

JORDANIAN FM: Stopping the aggression against Gaza and ending the occupation are the ways to stop the escalation.

HAMAS: The Iranian military operation against Israel is a natural right.

EU PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT: Iran’s unprecedented attacks on Israel are a major escalation that threatens to ignite chaos in the Middle East.

Sunday, April 14, 08:00 am (GMT+2)

IRAQI NEWS AGENCY: The Iraqi News Agency said that the Civil Aviation Authority announces the reopening of the airspace to aircraft movement after it was closed due to the Iranian attack on Israel.

LEBANESE MEDIA: Lebanon announced the reopening of its airspace to aircraft movement after closing it yesterday evening, Saturday.

ISRAELI FM: We need to set two goals: defining the IRGC as a terrorist organization and strengthening effective sanctions against Iran.

Sunday, April 14, 07:40 am (GMT+2)

ISRAELI MEDIA: Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant: The containment of the attack was impressive, and the damage was minor. We are vigilant and prepared for any scenario and the confrontation is not over yet and we must remain vigilant.

IRANIAN MEDIA: Speaker of the Iranian Parliament:

The blow suffered by the Zionist entity was powerful and useful and will make it regret.

Our response will be more severe if the Zionist entity makes any escalation.

The attack on the Zionist entity was a deterrent and in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.

X: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen: I condemn Iranian attack

ISRAEL’S CHANNEL 12: Ben Gurion Airport is back to work after it was closed overnight.

Sunday, April 14, 06:30 am (GMT+2)

US SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: We don’t seek conflict with Iran, but we will not hesitate to defend our forces and support Israeli defenses.

AXIOS: Biden and his top advisors are very concerned that the Israeli response to the Israeli attack will lead to regional war with disastrous consequences.

AL-MAYADEEN (Citing AXIOS): Biden informed Netanyahu that the US will object to any counterattack against Iran.

CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY: Latest tensions in the Middle East is a direct outcome of the Gaza war.

Escalating Tensions – Iran Seizes Cargo Ship Linked to Israel near Strait of Hormuz (VIDEO)

Sunday, April 14, 05:30 am (GMT+2)

CNN (Citing officials): Iranian attack on Israel lasted about 5 hours.

WHITE HOUSE: US President Joe Biden condemned Iran’s attacks on Israel and said he had spoken with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reiterate the United States’ firm commitment to Israel’s security.

NBC (Citing US official): There is concern in Washington about a swift Israeli response to Iran’s attack without thinking about the repercussions.

AL-JAZEERA: A fifth barrage of rockets was fired from southern Lebanon towards the Upper Galilee. Explosions sounded in the Golan and the Upper Galilee.

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Sunday, April 14, 03:15 am (GMT+2)

MEHR NEWS AGENCY (Citing an informed source in Iran’s armed forces): “Iran will monitor Jordan’s moves and in the event of their cooperation with Israel, Jordan will be our next target. We warned Jordan and the rest of the region before the start of the offensive against cooperating with the occupying entity.”

Sunday, April 14, 03:15 am (GMT+2)

ISRAEL’S CHANNEL 12 (Citing the Home Front Command): There is no longer a need to stay near fortified areas.

AL-JAZEERA: Israeli cabinet meeting ended, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Galant were empowered to make decisions to respond to the Iranian attack.

Sunday, April 14, 02:30 am (GMT+2)

ISRAELI MEDIA: Defense Minister Yoav Galant had a call with his US counterpart Lloyd Austin to coordinate the response to the Iranian retaliatory attack.

ISRAELI ARMY: Spokesman Daniel Hagari said the attack is still ongoing and the number of rockets fired has exceeded 200. An Israeli military airfield is hit in the Iranian missile attack. A rocket landed on an IDF base in the south.

IRANIAN MEDIA: The Iranian news agency reported that the army successfully targeted an Israeli air base in the Negev, with Khyber missiles. The agency added that the targeted air base in the Negev was a launching pad for the attack on the consulate in Damascus.

MAARIV: Sources estimated to the Israeli newspaper Maariv that 150 rockets were fired at Israel.

Sunday, April 14, 02:20 am (GMT+2)

IRGC (Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps): We warn the terrorist government of America that any support or participation in harming Iran’s interests will result in a decisive and regrettable response by the armed forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Sunday, April 14, 02:00 am (GMT+2)


Attacking military bases in the Zionist entity is a legitimate defense guaranteed by the Charter of the United Nations.

We affirm Iran’s determination to resolutely defend the sovereignty, unity and national interests of the country in the face of any aggression.

We will not hesitate to take further defensive measures to preserve our interests in the face of any aggression.

Our use of defensive measures in the exercise of the right of self-defence demonstrates our responsible approach to regional security.

ISRAELI ARMY RADIO: Sirens sounded 720 times at various locations as a result of the first batch of the Iranian attack.

Sunday, April 14, 01:40 am (GMT+2)

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

Sunday, April 14, 01:30 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, 01:15 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.

‘Political Killing’ – Russian Foreign Minister Condemns Israeli Attack on Iranian Consulate in Damascus

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. 

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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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