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Focus turns to Israel's response after Iran launches an unprecedented barrage

Israeli Iron Dome air defense systems launch to intercept missiles fired from Iran, in central Israel on Sunday.
Tomer Neuberg
Israeli Iron Dome air defense systems launch to intercept missiles fired from Iran, in central Israel on Sunday.

Israel, its allies and other world leaders are assessing how to respond after Iran launched more than 300 drones and missiles toward Israel on Saturday.

The great majority of strikes were shot down outside Israeli airspace by Israel, with help from allies that included the U.S. and U.K. Israel says at least one person, a young girl hit by shrapnel, was seriously injured. This is the first time Iran has directly attacked its regional foe from Iranian soil. Here's the latest on the ongoing fallout:

  • The U.N. Security Council has called for an emergency session Sunday to discuss the attack.
  • Israel’s war cabinet was also expected to meet Sunday to discuss the country’s response.
  • U.S. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said the White House is working to prevent a wider regional war in the Middle East. "We're not looking for a war with Iran," he told NPR.
  • Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi said his country’s missile and drone attacks on Israel were an act of self-defense, following an airstrike on an Iranian consulate in Syria that killed seven Iranian military officials earlier this month. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied a role in the attack.

Also on Sunday, the G7 condemned the Iranian attack against Israel and said it would take further measures if needed to support Israel.
In a statement, the G7 leaders said that Iran had further destabilized the region and risks a regional escalation.

“This must be avoided. We will continue to work to stabilize the situation and avoid further escalation,” the leaders said in their statement.

They did not give further details on how they would support Israel during further possible escalations.

The G7 is made up of the United States, Canada, Italy, Britain, France, Germany and Japan, as well as the European Union.

Becky Sullivan has reported and produced for NPR since 2011 with a focus on hard news and breaking stories. She has been on the ground to cover natural disasters, disease outbreaks, elections and protests, delivering stories to both broadcast and digital platforms.