PM Rishi Sunak Confirms RAF Shot Down Iranian Drones Headed for Israel

PM Rishi Sunak Confirms RAF Shot Down Iranian Drones Headed for Israel

London (Parliament News) – UK PM Rishi Sunak confirms RAF intercepted Iranian drones, aiding Israel and nearby nations. Parliament’s return anticipates further updates on military support.

UK PM Rishi Sunak has verified that Royal Air Force Typhoons shot down several Iranian drones overnight and expressed that the UK’s involvement supported saving lives in Israel and neighbouring Arab countries.

The prime minister did not deliver the number of drones hit, although the UK’s assistance is likely to have been significantly less than the 70 declared by the US and dozens were reported knocked out by Jordan over its airspace.

According to the Guardian, Sunak said, “I can confirm that a number of Iranian attacks drones were shot down and we pay tribute to the bravery and the professionalism of our pilots flying into the face of danger to protect civilians.” 

What military agreements exist between UK and Israel?

Britain signed a military partnership agreement with Israel in 2020, which remains confidential, and a defence and trade pact a year later, but these are not considered to require the UK to come to Israel’s assistance in the event that it is attacked by another country. Instead, Sunak represented Britain’s participation as “saving lives not just in Israel but in neighbouring nations like Jordan as well”, and he suggested it was an attachment of the air campaign against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

How does UK’s parliament influence military action?

Constitutionally, the prime minister can initiate war or order military action without consideration to parliament, relying on royal prerogative powers originally dedicated to the monarch but now delegated to ministers. In 2011 the Conservative-led coalition declared a convention had arisen whereby MPs would have the opportunity to debate the deployment of military forces in advance, except in the case of an emergency.

Parliament’s authorisation was desired for the UK to participate in the bombing against Muammar Gaddafi’s squads in Libya in 2011, against IS in Iraq in 2014 and Syria in 2015, but more recently Sunak refused to give parliament a vote on Britain’s participation in strikes against Yemen’s Houthis, who have been bombarding shipping in the southern Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.

What preparations were made ahead of parliament’s return?

Parliament returns from its Easter break on Monday, having not been seated since the US first warned of a likely Iranian aggression on Israel at the end of last week. The prime minister is predicted to personally update MPs on the crisis and Britain’s military aid on Monday afternoon.

Practices for the UK’s participation in the event of any Iranian episode went on for several days last week, with Typhoons and Voyager refuelling aircraft being rebased at the Akrotiri airbase in Cyprus to deliver the necessary support.

How did RAF support US Air Force missions?

Sunak stated he had agreed to “a plan of action” on Friday at a conference of the Cobra emergency committee, where senior ministers and officials would have been attending.

RAF Typhoons also protected planned US Air Force missions over Iraq and Syria, allowing the Americans greater latitude in supporting Israel’s military, defence sources said.

Daniele Naddei

Daniele Naddei is a journalist at Parliament News covering European affairs, was born in Naples on April 8, 1991. He also serves as the Director of the CentroSud24 newspaper. During the period from 2010 to 2013, Naddei completed an internship at the esteemed local radio station Radio Club 91. Subsequently, he became the author of a weekly magazine published by the Italian Volleyball Federation of Campania (FIPAV Campania), which led to his registration in the professional order of Journalists of Campania in early 2014, listed under publicists. From 2013 to 2018, he worked as a freelance photojournalist and cameraman for external services for Rai and various local entities, including TeleCapri, CapriEvent, and TLA. Additionally, between 2014 and 2017, Naddei collaborated full-time with various newspapers in Campania, both in print and online. During this period, he also resumed his role as Editor-in-Chief at Radio Club 91.
Naddei is actively involved as a press officer for several companies and is responsible for editing cultural and social events in the city through his association with the Medea Fattoria Sociale. This experience continued until 2021. Throughout these years, he hosted or collaborated on football sports programs for various local broadcasters, including TLA, TvLuna, TeleCapri, Radio Stonata, Radio Amore, and Radio Antenna Uno.
From 2016 to 2018, Naddei was employed as an editor at newspapers of national interest within the circuit, including Internazionale24, Salute24, and OggiScuola. Since 2019, Naddei has been one of the creators of the Rabona television program "Calcio è Passione," which has been broadcast on TeleCapri Sport since 2023.