It Is ‘Not Over Yet’: Israel Defence Minister Yoav Gallant Says After Attack By Iran

Israel’s Defence Minister Yoav Gallant said he has completed an operational situation assessment with senior officials in Israel’s defence establishment after Iran fired around 300 drones and missiles into Israel, some of the launches also came from Iraq and Yemen.

The attack by Iran was a retaliation for a strike that killed an Iranian military commander and subordinates in Damascus earlier this month, which Tehran believes Israel carried out. “Together with the United States and additional partners, we managed to defend the territory of the State of Israel. Very little damage was caused – this is the result of the IDF’s impressive operations,” he said.

However, he added: “The campaign is not yet over – we must remain alert and attentive to the instructions published by the IDF and Homefront Command. We must be prepared for every scenario. Having said this, we have thwarted the most significant wave [of the attack], and we did so successfully.”

The strike in Damascus killed seven of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) officers, including top commanders Brig-Gen Mohammad Reza Zahedi and Brig-Gen Mohammad Hadi Haji-Rahimi. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied the attack, saying it does not comment on foreign media reports.