LIVE: Minute by Minute Coverage of the Conflict between Iran and Israel

Countries on high alert, unprecedented attack confirmed, what are the consequences?

In the early hours of Sunday in Jerusalem, explosions and the deafening sound of anti-aircraft sirens rang out, marking the beginning of an unprecedented escalation in the conflict between Iran and Israel.

The act of aggression, carried out by Iran, involved the launch of dozens of drones and ballistic missiles towards Israeli territory.

This situation has raised tensions in the Middle East, bringing the region closer to a possible large-scale conflict. This attack represents a significant milestone, being Iran’s first direct military offensive against Israel in an open confrontation, despite decades of hostilities between the two countries since the Islamic Revolution of 1979 in Iran.

The international response was swift to this act of aggression. France strongly condemned the action, warning that Iran has crossed a red line with its destabilizing activities, which could trigger a dangerous military escalation in the region. The United Kingdom also labeled the attacks as reckless, emphasizing the seriousness of the incident and its potential repercussions.

At the moment, Israeli authorities have not confirmed whether the explosions were the result of a new direct attack or the interception by their air defense system. However, air raid sirens were activated in multiple locations, spanning northern and southern Israel, as well as northern West Bank and the vicinity of the Dead Sea, near the Jordanian border.

Despite the intensity of the attack, the Israeli rescue service Magen David Adom reported no casualties so far. The chaos and uncertainty surrounding these events have generated deep international concern, urging world leaders to intervene and seek a diplomatic solution to prevent further escalation in the region.

Meanwhile, the international community is closely monitoring the developments in this situation. Aware of the potentially devastating consequences of a large-scale conflict in the Middle East, which have already begun to be felt in the US with flight cancellations.

United Airlines, a US-based airline, was forced to cancel all its flights to Israel on Saturday, highlighting the escalating situation in the region, which has raised significant security concerns for travelers. The affected flight was departing from Newark, New Jersey, bound for Tel Aviv, a route that had resumed earlier this month.

The decision to cancel these operations by United Airlines is in response to the restrictions imposed by authorities due to the ongoing military activity in the area.

Furthermore, the airline is evaluating the situation regarding its scheduled flight to Amman, the capital of Jordan, Saturday night. Uncertainty and the need to ensure the safety of passengers and crew are key elements in these decisions.

The events that led to these cancellations were triggered by attacks launched by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard against Israel, following the bombing of the Iranian consulate in Syria. Reports indicate that the Revolutionary Guard claimed to have carried out an attack with a large number of missiles and drones in retaliation.