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Iran closes airspace as Israel 'prepares for' attack after retaliatory strikes

05:00 PM | 14 Apr, 2024
Iran closes airspace as Israel 'prepares for' attack after retaliatory strikes

A day after Iran launched an attack on Israel using dozens of drones and missiles, Israel announced on Sunday its readiness to prepare for a potential Iranian strike within the next 24 to 48 hours.

In a brief statement on X, Israeli PM Netanyahu wrote, “We intercepted. We blocked. Together we will win.”

The Israeli prime minister said the war in Gaza to continue with “full force”, said the media reports.

On the other hand, Iran has closed its airspace, including Imam Khomeini International Airport, until tomorrow. 

In addition to the airspace closure, internal flights to major Iranian cities have been halted indefinitely, further contributing to the disruption caused by the current situation.

The closure affects both domestic and international travel, with airlines such as Etihad Airways canceling flights to destinations including Israel, Oman, and Jordan.
Iran warned Israel of a more significant retaliation on its soil if it responds to Tehran's recent drone and missile attacks.

President Ebrahim Raisi emphasized that any reckless actions by Israel or its allies would prompt a decisive and stronger reaction from Iran.

This warning echoes similar sentiments expressed by Iranian military chief Major-General Mohammad Bagheri, who stated that a much larger response would await Israel if it retaliates. 

Additionally, Iranian officials have warned the United States against supporting Israeli retaliation, indicating that any such support could lead to Iran targeting US bases. 

Meanwhile, Iran's permanent mission to the United Nations justified Tehran's response to what it deemed as Israeli aggression, asserting it as a legitimate defense. The statement concluded by urging the US to refrain from involvement in the conflict between Iran and Israel.

On Saturday night, Iran launched an attack on Israel using dozens of drones and missiles, according to the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

The IRGC said it has released the drones and missiles under the operation “True Promise”, adding that the move is part of punishment for the “Israeli crimes”.

“Iran has begun an airborne attack against Israel,” US National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson said in a Saturday statement. “The United States will stand with the people of Israel and support their defense against these threats from Iran.”

Syrian military remains on high alert while Iraq, Jordan and Israel announced that they have closed their air space.

On Sunday, Israel reported modest damage and reopened its airspace following the unprecedented direct attack.

In a brief statement on X, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote, “We intercepted. We blocked. Together we will win.”

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 22 May 2024

 Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 22, 2024 (Wednesday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.15 for buying and 280.05 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349 for buying, and 352.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.15 277.15
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349 352.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.45 74.2
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.34 748.34
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.51 38.91
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.3 912.3
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.34 59.94
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.11 172.11
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.13 731.13
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.98 26.28
Swiss Franc CHF 305.97 308.47
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82

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