Jordan says it intercepted flying objects that entered its airspace

By Thomson Reuters Apr 14, 2024 | 2:27 AM

CAIRO (Reuters) – Jordan intercepted some flying objects that entered its airspace on Saturday night to ensure the safety of its citizens, a cabinet statement said on Sunday.

Iran launched explosive drones and fired missiles at Israel late on Saturday – its first direct attack on Israeli territory in a retaliatory strike that raises the threat of wider regional conflict.

Jordan, which lies between Iran and Israel, had readied air defences to intercept any drones or missiles that violated its territory, two regional security sources said.

“Some shrapnel fell in multiple places during that time without causing any significant damage or any injuries to citizens,” the Jordan cabinet statement added.

U.S. and British warplanes were involved in shooting down some of the Israel-bound drones over the Iraq-Syria border area, Israel’s Channel 12 reported.

(Reporting by Jana Choukeir and Muhammad Al Gebaly; Editing by Alex Richardson and David Goodman)