Iran warns Israel, US against retaliation

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran warned Israel on Sunday of a larger attack on its territory should it retaliate against Tehran’s overnight drone and missile strikes.

Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri, chief of Iran’s Armed Forces, stated that although Tehran considers the operation complete, Washington has been warned through Switzerland that any support for Israeli attacks would result in U.S. regional bases being targeted.

Hossein Salami, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, reiterated that any Israeli military action against Iranian interests or citizens would be met with a robust response.

“From now on, if the Zionist regime attacks our interests, properties, individuals, and citizens, we will retaliate from the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Salami said.

Salami added, “Dozens of drones, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles were launched at appropriate intervals, destroying deep layers of the Zionist regime’s seemingly secure air defenses and diminishing the air defense alliance between America, France, and the Zionist regime.”

Iran launched explosive drones and fired missiles at Israel late Saturday in its first direct attack on Israeli territory. This was a retaliatory strike for Israel’s April 1 bombing of its consulate in Damascus, Syria, which killed seven members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.