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Iran launches drones towards Israel weeks after deadly Syria consulate strike

Iran launched a drone toward Israel from its territory late Saturday, days after its supreme leader warned it would counterattack in response to an airstrike on the Iranian consulate in Syria that killed several generals. .

Earlier Saturday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel had been “preparing for a possible direct attack from Iran” for several weeks.

The prime minister said Israel “has air defenses in place and is prepared for any scenario, both offensive and defensive.”

“I have established clear principles: whoever harms us, we will harm him. We will protect ourselves from all threats and will do so with calmness and determination.”

The attack occurred just hours after President Biden cut short a weekend trip to his Delaware beach house and returned to the White House to monitor the unfolding crisis.

Earlier this week, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei described the April 1 Damascus airstrike as a “misdeed” and tantamount to an attack on Iran itself, and promised retaliation against Israel.

Ahead of the attack, the U.S. State Department announced that it would restrict travel for government employees and their families outside of Israel’s major cities, as concerns about the possibility of an Iranian attack remained high.

Israeli Prime Minister and military leaders hold emergency meeting over concerns of Iranian attack

Senior Israeli leaders also held a meeting on the issue on Friday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, US Central Command Commander General Michael Eric Kurilla, and Israeli security forces at Hazor Israeli Air Base.

US restricts travel for Israeli expatriates outside cities

Israeli tanks move near the Gaza Strip border in southern Israel on Thursday, April 11. (AP/Tsafril Abayov)

The airstrike in Syria killed 12 people, including seven members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. Israel has denied involvement in the airstrike.

One of those killed was identified as Mohammad Reza Zahedi, a senior commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Airstrike in Damascus, Syria

Immediately after the airstrike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus, Syria, on April 1st. (Reuters/Firas Makdesi/TPX Image of the Day)

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In 2010, the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned Zahedi for his role in Iran’s support for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

FOX News’ Lawrence Richard and Jonat Friling contributed to this report.

This is a developing story. Please check the latest information.

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