What Iran launched at Israel in its unprecedented attack, and what made it through the air defenses

Iran launched an unprecedented retaliatory assault on Israel over the weekend that included lots of of missiles and drones launched primarily from its personal soil, but additionally by Iran-backed teams in a number of different nations. Just about every little thing fired at Israel was intercepted earlier than getting into the nation’s territory, in keeping with the Israel Protection Forces, which reported “little or no injury” from the assault.

A 7-year-old woman who was severely injured by shrapnel was the one identified casualty within the assault. The kid, from a Bedouin village in Israel’s southern Negev desert, was nonetheless combating for her life on Monday.

Iran’s assault was designed to saturate Israeli and U.S. air defenses with drones and cruise missiles and clear the way in which for Iran’s ballistic missiles, two U.S. officers advised CBS Information nationwide safety correspondent David Martin. It took a number of hours for the drones and missiles to journey towards Israel, and alerts started to sound throughout the nation at about 2 a.m. native time on Sunday (7p.m. Jap on Saturday).

The IDF mentioned 170 drones had been fired at Israel from Iran, and Israeli Air Pressure jets shot down dozens of them. U.S. plane working from bases in Saudi Arabia and Jordan shot down between 70 and 80 of the drones, Martin reported.

Shahed 131/136 Unmanned Aerial Automobiles (UAVs) are purportedly proven on this picture shared by Iranian state information company, IRNA.


Iran’s state information company, IRNA, mentioned its domestically constructed Shahed 131 and 136 drones had been used within the assault, the bigger of which have a spread of round 1,200 miles.

Kheibar Shekan ballistic missiles and Emad ballistic missiles had been additionally used within the assault, in keeping with IRNA. Kheibar Shekan missiles, unveiled in 2022, are one in every of Iran’s most trendy ballistic missiles, IRNA mentioned, and the Emad missiles can carry a payload of 1,600 kilos. The state information company mentioned the cruise missiles used within the assault had been Paveh missiles, which it mentioned had been able to attacking targets from a number of instructions by taking diverse paths.

The IDF mentioned not one of the 170 drones launched by Iran crossed into Israeli territory, nor did any of the greater than 30 cruise missiles fired by the Islamic republic.

Of 120 ballistic missiles fired at Israel from Iran, the U.S. officers advised CBS Information solely 5 obtained by means of Israeli and U.S. air defenses and hit Israeli territory. One U.S. official advised CBS Information that roughly half of the ballistic missiles failed on launch or crashed in flight.

Iran missile and drone attack on Israel
Israeli air defenses launch to intercept missiles fired from Iran, in central Israel, April 14, 2024.

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4 missiles did hit Israel’s Nevatim Air Base, the place Israeli F-35s are based mostly, the U.S. officers mentioned, including that the bottom was doubtless Iran’s major goal, as it’s believed to have been an Israeli F-35 that carried out a lethal strike on an Iranian consulate in Syria’s capital on April 1. Iran’s weekend assault was its promised retaliation for that Israeli strike in Damascus, which killed seven officers from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, together with two generals.

One of many missiles hit close to the bottom’s runway, whereas two landed in open areas and “yet another hit close to a constructing, inflicting minor injury,” IDF spokesperson Daniel Hagari mentioned on Monday, including that the constructing was nonetheless underneath building.¬†

“All this injury will likely be repaired within the coming days,” Hagari mentioned. “This base is working across the clock, it functioned throughout Operation ‘Iron Defend’ and at present as nicely, from this base, plane took off to guard the skies of the State of Israel.”

One other ballistic missile appeared to have been geared toward a radar web site in northern Israel, however it missed its goal, the U.S. officers advised Martin.

The IDF mentioned a number of different launches had been constructed from Yemen and Iraq, however none of these weapons  crossed into Israeli territory. Dozens of rockets had been additionally fired from Lebanon towards northern Israel early Sunday morning, and Israel carried out airstrikes towards Hezbollah targets throughout Lebanon.