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Israel’s military chief says Israel will respond to Iranian missile attack this weekend

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s military chief said Monday that Israel will respond to Iran’s missile attack this weekend, but did not immediately elaborate on when or how.

Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi said Israel is still considering its steps, but he said the Iranian onslaught of missiles and attack drones “will be met with a response.” Halevi spoke during a visit to the Nevatim air base, which Israel said suffered minor damage in the Iranian attack.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sits down with top officials to discuss a possible response. World leaders have urged Israel not to retaliate after Iran launched an attack involving hundreds of drones, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles.

Saturday’s Iranian attack marked the first time Iran launched a direct military attack on Israel, despite decades of enmity dating back to the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The attack came less than two weeks after a suspected Israeli attack in Syria that killed two Iranian generals died in an Iranian consular building.

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The Israeli military says 99% of drones and missiles launched by Iran have been intercepted, with help from other countries including the United States, Britain and France. Despite the reported interceptions, Iran calls the attack a success.

Israel and Iran have been on a collision course during Israel’s six-month war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. The war broke out after Hamas and Islamic Jihad, two militant groups backed by Iran, carried out a devastating cross-border attack on October 7 that killed 1,200 people and kidnapped 250 others in Israel.

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