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The Israeli military reported that Iran fired dozens of drones towards Israel, and their flight may take several hours. The attack is intended to be retaliation for the Israeli attack on Iran's diplomatic mission in Syria. Israel put its military on high alert. US President Joe Biden cut short his weekend stay in the state of Delaware to monitor the situation.

The Israeli army, quoted by Reuters, reported that Iran had fired dozens of drones at Israel. Their flight is expected to take several hours. Reuters sources say the drones have been spotted over Iraq. This country has decided to close its airspace.

Earlier, Jordan, Israel's eastern neighbor, also decided to temporarily close its airspace, Reuters reports, citing state media.

Chief spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces, Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, said on Saturday evening that dozens of combat aircraft were in the air as part of a state of alert.

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“State of full readiness”

“Israel on Saturday canceled school trips and other youth activities planned for the coming days, including the beginning of the Passover holiday, and put its armed forces on full alert in connection with a possible attack by Iran,” Reuters previously wrote.

Schools will be closed. Restrictions on the size of gatherings are also scheduled for 11 p.m. local time (10 p.m. in Poland).

SEE: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs warns Poles. Possible “sudden escalation of hostilities”.

Israeli soldiersMostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu via Getty Images

US assures “full support”

US President Joe Biden cut short his weekend stay in the state of Delaware and returns to the White House to monitor the situation, the AP reported. Biden is scheduled to meet with his security advisers.

Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin told Israeli Defense Minister Joav Galant on Saturday that the Jewish state can count on “full U.S. support in defending against attacks by Iran and its affiliated armed organizations.”

The U.S. Department of Defense said in a statement published on its website that the topic of Austin's conversation with Galant was “urgent regional threats.”

Israeli air force on standbyOoriya Ron/Shutterstock

Galant said that Israel is “closely monitoring the planned attack” threatened by Iran and its supporters in the region. He added that the United States and other allies have provided Israel with “new capabilities” to defend and respond to a potential Iranian attack, the Times of Israel reported.

“In recent days, we have strengthened our air defense and counterattack system,” Galant said in a statement. – Together with our partners, led by the US, we have added new capabilities on land, in the air, at sea and in the field of intelligence – said the minister, quoted by the portal.

– Iran is a terrorist state, the world is exposed to this risk more than ever. We are determined to protect our citizens (against it) and we will find a way to respond to it, Galant added.

US presidential adviser for national security Jake Sullivan also confirmed Washington's “iron commitment to Israel's security” in a conversation with his Israeli counterpart Tsachim Hanegbi.

Retaliation expected

On Friday, US President Joe Biden said he expected the Iranian attack on Israel, intended to be retaliation for the Israeli strike on his diplomatic mission in Damascus, will happen “sooner rather than later”. The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg wrote on Friday that the attack would occur within 48 hours.

On Tuesday, the commander of the Iranian Navy of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Alireza Tangsiri, in a conversation with the Lebanese website al Mejdayin, which supports the terrorist Hezbollah, threatened Tehran to close the key Strait of Hormuz. He emphasized that such actions could be considered if Iran notices “any attempts by adversaries to disrupt its activities in the region.”

READ: US aircraft carrier sent near Israel due to Iranian threats.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards on Saturday seized the MSC Aries ship, which they say belonged to an Israeli businessman's company. – Iran will face consequences for its choice to further escalate the situation, said an Israeli army spokesman. The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs also reacted.

Read more: The Iranians took over a ship “linked to Israel” and boarded it from a helicopter. The Israeli army and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs respond.

Main photo source: Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu via Getty Images

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