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Israel reopens airspace, says 99% of intercepted Iranian projectiles

Israeli airspace was reopened on Sunday morning after Iran’s unprecedented major attack on the country, local media reported, after a seven-hour airspace closure.

Ramon Airport in the south of the country will remain closed for the time being, the reports said.

The Israeli military said it has intercepted 99% of projectiles fired from Iran.

Tehran had launched “more than 300 threats of various types,” an Israeli army spokesman said Daniel Hagari said Sunday. “The Iranian threat met the IDF’s air and technological superiority, along with a strong fighting coalition – which together intercepted the vast majority of threats.”

Hagari called it a “very important strategic achievement.” Of the 170 unmanned missiles launched by Iran, “zero entered Israeli territory.”

Dozens were shot down by Israeli fighter jets, Israeli air defenses and “the air defense systems and aircraft of our partners,” he said. Of the more than thirty cruise missiles fired by Iran, none had reached Israel.

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“Of the more than 120 ballistic missiles, only a few entered Israeli territory, while the rest were intercepted,” Hagari continued. “These fell on Nevatim air base and caused only minor damage to infrastructure.” The base continued to function normally, he added, musing that Iran believed it could cripple the base.

Attacks had also been launched from Iraq and Yemen but had not reached Israel, the spokesman said. Dozens of rockets had been fired from Lebanon into northern Israel, but no one was injured in the attacks, he added.

“Over the past six months, we have been working closely with our partners, led by US CENTCOM, Britain, France and other countries that were active last night,” Hagari noted.

For the first time in the history of the Islamic Republic, Iran directly attacked its arch-enemy Israel. The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said it had fired dozens of drones and missiles.

The operation was in retaliation for the killing of senior Iranian officers in Syria. On April 1, two brigade generals were killed in a suspected Israeli airstrike on the Iranian embassy complex in the Syrian capital Damascus.

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