UK jets shot down "a number of Iranian attack drones" aimed at Israel, British prime minister says

Rishi Sunak, UK PM

© APA | Rishi Sunak, UK PM

# 14 April 2024 16:02 (UTC +04:00)

The United Kingdom's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak confirmed that British Royal Air Force (RAF) jets shot down "a number of Iranian attack drones" launched overnight towards Israel, APA reports citing CNN.

"The RAF sent additional planes to the region as part of our existing operations to counter [ISIS] in Iraq and Syria. I can confirm that our planes did shoot down a number of Iranian attack drones," Sunak said in a video shared with broadcasters Sunday.

The prime minister said that he had chaired an emergency meeting of the UK's crisis management committee on Friday to agree a plan of action in the event of an Iranian attack.

Sunak commended the success of the "international coordinated" response to Iran's attack, saying it had managed to save lives "not just in Israel, but in neighboring countries like Jordan."

"It's clear that Iran is determined to sow discontent and destabilize the region, its own backyard. That's very clear from its actions. If this attack had been successful, the fallout for regional stability would be hard to overstate," Sunak remarked.

The prime minister said he would discuss the need to deescalate the situation when he speaks to G7 leaders later on Sunday. "It's important that we coordinate with allies and we'll be discussing next steps," he added.