World Leaders Plead with Israel Not to Retaliate for Iran Missile Strike

( – Israeli officials are adamant in their desire to retaliate on Iran for a strike on Sunday that resulted in no deaths and very little damage. World leaders are encouraging restraint in an attempt to mitigate further regional bloodshed spiraling out of control.

Iran launched a barrage of nearly 400 missiles, cruise missiles, and suicide drones in the early morning hours of Sunday, April 14th. They said the attack was in retaliation for a strike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus, Syria that resulted in the deaths of seven people two weeks prior. Israel never claimed responsibility for that attack but is widely presumed to be responsible.

Most of the weapons were shot down by U.S., Israeli, and international partners, while many failed to reach their targets due to technical failure, according to reporting by The Intercept.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak asked for restraint from “all sides” while French President Emmanuel Macron said that he was hopeful that they could convince Israel to avoid further military escalation.

The strike over the weekend was the first direct attack against Israel by the Islamic Republic. Iran has been accused of arming Hamas and other militias that operate in the Palestinian territories inside Israel as well as Hezbollah which operates out of Lebanon and engages in regular skirmishes with the Israeli military along the country’s northern border.

Iran and Israel have been on opposite sides of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict for years. The October 7th attack against Israel was allegedly facilitated by Iran. That attack resulted in the deaths of 1,200 Israelis and international civilians with an additional 250 being kidnapped as hostages.

Peace talks are ongoing in Cairo between representatives of the parties involved. Hamas has been attempting to secure a permanent end to the hostilities while Israel is seeking a pause with the intent to eradicate the Islamic militia currently in charge in Gaza.

Israeli settlers have attacked Palestinians in the West Bank resulting in the deaths of two Palestinians recently. The area has been bubbling with tension after a 14-year-old Israeli boy was killed. Settlers have been attacking Palestinian communities in retaliation.

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