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IDF spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari

How Israel Intercepted 99% of Iranian Missiles, Drones

IDF spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari on Sunday morning, April 14, gave an update following the Iranian attack against Israel.

“Last night, Iran initiated an attack against Israel, launching over 300 threats of various types. The Iranian threat met the aerial and technological superiority of the IDF, along with a strong fighting coalition - which together intercepted the overwhelming majority of the threats. 99% of the threats launched towards Israeli territory were intercepted - a very significant strategic achievement,” Hagari said.

He added, “Of approximately 170 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that Iran launched, zero crossed into Israeli territory. Dozens of them were intercepted by Israeli Air Force fighter jets, our Aerial Defense Array, and the aerial defense systems and aircraft of our partners.”

Hagari continued, “From the more than 30 cruise missiles Iran launched, none crossed into Israeli territory. 25 of them were intercepted by IAF fighter jets outside the country’s borders. Out of over 120 ballistic missiles, only a few crossed into Israeli territory, with the rest being intercepted. These fell at the Nevatim Air Force Base, causing only minor damage to infrastructure.”

“In addition to the launches from Iran, several launches were made from the territories of Iraq and Yemen. None of them crossed into Israeli territory. In recent hours, dozens of rockets were fired from Lebanese territory toward the north; there were no casualties.”

While the “Iron Dome” is famous for shooting down rockets fired by Hezbollah and Hamas, it took much more advanced anti-missile systems to intercept the huge barrage that Iran sent to Israel.

Nearly all threats that Israel intercepted were shot down by fighter aircraft equipped with air-to-air missiles; or by David’s Sling, an air defense system used to track and eliminate drones and medium-range missiles; or by the Arrow 2 or Arrow 3 missiles — which are designed to destroy ballistic missiles in space. (INN / VFI News)

“So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?’” - Hebrews 13:6