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As Iran attacks, world leaders express support for Israel

"The United States will stand with the people of Israel and support their defense against these threats from Iran," the American president said.

U.S. President Joe Biden in Tel Aviv, Oct. 18, 2023. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.
U.S. President Joe Biden in Tel Aviv, Oct. 18, 2023. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

The U.S. is committed to upholding the Jewish state’s security, President Joe Biden reiterated on Saturday.

“Iran has begun an airborne attack against Israel. President Biden is being regularly updated on the situation by his national security team and will meet with them this afternoon,” read a statement from the White House.

“His team is in constant communication with Israeli officials as well as other partners and allies. This attack is likely to unfold over a number of hours. President Biden has been clear: Our support for Israel’s security is ironclad. The United States will stand with the people of Israel and support their defense against these threats from Iran,” the statement continued.

Iran dispatched hundreds of unmanned aerial vehicles from its territory towards Israel on Saturday night, in a much-anticipated response to the April 1 killing of several IRGC officers in Syria.

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell “strongly” denounced the “unacceptable” attack, describing it as “an unprecedented escalation and a grave threat to regional security.”

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Saturday night condemned the Iranian regime’s “reckless” attack on Israel.

“Iran has once again demonstrated that it is intent on sowing chaos in its own backyard,” Sunak wrote in a statement posted to X.

The British premier vowed to “continue to stand up for Israel’s security and that of all our regional partners, including Jordan and Iraq.

“Alongside our allies, we are urgently working to stabilise the situation and prevent further escalation. No one wants to see more bloodshed,” Sunak wrote.

France also condemned “in the strongest terms” the Islamic Republic’s attack against Israel.

“By deciding on such an unprecedented action, Iran is taking a new step in its destabilizing actions and taking the risk of a military escalation,” French Foreign Minister Stéphane Séjourné wrote on X.

“France reaffirms its commitment to Israel’s security and reinforces its solidarity,” he added.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “unequivocally” condemned the “Iranian regime’s disregard for peace and stability in the region.”

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres also “strongly condemn[ed] the serious escalation represented by the large-scale attack launched on Israel by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

“I call for an immediate cessation of these hostilities. I am deeply alarmed about the very real danger of a devastating region-wide escalation. I urge all parties to exercise maximum restraint to avoid any action that could lead to major military confrontations on multiple fronts in the Middle East,” he said.

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