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Israel army chief warns Iran after retaliatory attack

Rockets are fired toward Israel from the Gaza Strip, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023   -  
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Israel’s military chief warned on Monday Iran would "face the consequences for its actions" following its weekend attack on Israel.

The Iranian attack on Saturday came in retaliation for a suspected Israeli strike two weeks earlier on an Iranian consular building in the Syrian capital of Damascus that killed two Iranian generals.

It marked the first time Iran has launched a direct military assault on Israel despite decades of enmity dating back to the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Iran launched hundreds of drones, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles at Israel in the attack.

The Israeli military said that 99% of the drones and missiles were intercepted, by Israel's own air defenses and warplanes and in coordination with a U.S.-led coalition of partners.

Israeli military chief Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi said the country was "closely assessing the situation" following the attack and Israel would choose its response "accordingly".

Halevi spoke during a visit to the Nevatim air base, which Israel says suffered light damage in the Iranian attack.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been huddling with top officials to discuss a possible response.

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