U.S. Locks Down Travel for Diplomats in Israel Ahead of Iran Attack

(RepublicanNews.org) – The U.S. gave strict instructions to its embassy staff in Israel to remain within the boundaries of Tel Aviv, Beersheba, and the greater Jerusalem area, prior to Iran’s strike on Israel which took place on Saturday and Sunday, April 13th and 14th. While American authorities described its instructions to embassy staff as being borne from “an abundance of caution,” fears that an Iranian strike on the embattled country was imminent were soon proved to be well-founded.

Throughout the weekend, Iran fired more than 300 drones and missiles at Israel, although 99% of these were successfully intercepted, according to Israeli authorities. The attack, one launched directly by the Iranian regime, was a change to the usual methods of attack by Tehran. Tehran is known for putting its financial and strategic backing behind Islamist terror groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah, who then strike at enemies such as Israel, rather than creating a direct offensive from inside its own territories.

Iran’s authorities had vowed revenge on Israel after a strike on its consulate in Syria killed several top members of its military on April 1st. While Israel has not claimed credit for the strike, Iran was quick to point to Israel and promise retaliation.

Iran’s strike on Israel is reported to have caused injuries to 12 people, including a seven-year-old girl who was hospitalized for treatment after receiving critical head wounds. Iran launched its attack from within its national borders, but also with the aid of allies in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Lebanon. Israel, however, also received help from its allies, with the U.S., UK, and Jordan all doing their part to intercept rockets.

While Jordan has been critical of Israel recently and has been to war with the Jewish nation in the past, the two countries have maintained a more friendly relationship since signing their 1994 peace treaty and have enjoyed the benefits of increased movement and trade ever since. Jordan’s military took aim at the rockets that flew over Jordanian air space, with King Abdullah II stating that his country would continue to protect its own national security.

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