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#BREAKING Iran has launched an extensive drone and missile attack at Israel

-Israeli military, White House & Iranian state media have confirmed an attack was under way.
-US pledged to back Israel.
– Jordan, Lebanon close airspace
– Egypt calls for restraint

Iranian drones are expected to hit the Golan Hrights and an air force base in the southern Negev desert, the New York Times has reported, citing two senior Israeli officials.

According to a separate report in Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the first Iranian drones are expected to reach Israel about 2am local time (9am AEST).

A senior US official told ABC News the attack was expected to consist of between 400-500 drones and missiles.

The slow-moving drones were launched from Iran a number of hours ago and have been accompanied by faster-moving cruise missiles.

Jordan, Lebanon close airspace as Egypt calls for restraint

Reuters

Jordan’s air defences were ready to intercept and shoot down any Iranian drones or aircraft that violate its airspace, two regional security sources said.

They said the army was also in a state of high alert and radar systems were monitoring any drone activity coming from the direction of Iraq and Syria.

Residents in several cities in the northern part of the country near Syria and central and southern areas heard heavy aerial activity. A security source said the country’s air force was intensifying reconnaissance flights.

Jordan had earlier said it closed its airspace starting on Saturday night to all incoming, departing and transiting aircraft in what officials told Reuters were precautionary measures in the event of an Iranian strike across its border.

Lebanon also ordered the temporary closure of its airspace early on Sunday, according to reports from local outlet Al Jadeed TV.

Egypt called for exercise of “utmost restraint” following the latest outbreak of conflict in the Middle East.

UK PM Sunak condemns Iran’s ‘reckless’ attack against Israel

Reuters

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said on Saturday (Sunday AEST) he condemned Iran’s “reckless” attack against Israel, which he said showed that it was “intent on sowing chaos in its own backyard”.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps said it launched dozens of drones and missiles at Israel, an attack that may trigger a major escalation between the regional archenemies.

“These strikes risk inflaming tensions and destabilising the region. Iran has once again demonstrated that it is intent on sowing chaos in its own backyard,” Sunak said in a statement.

“The UK will continue to stand up for Israel’s security and that of all our regional partners, including Jordan and Iraq.”