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Kenya’s Ruto Condemns Iran’s Attack on Israel
Kenya’s Ruto Condemns Iran’s Attack on Israel
| April 15, 2024

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi having a light chat with Kenya’s President William Ruto at the State House in Nairobi, Kenya, July 12, 2023. Iran’s Presidency/WANA (West Asia News Agency)/Handout via Reuters

Kenyan president William Ruto has denounced Iran’s retaliatory strike against Israel, citing it as a significant threat to global peace and stability.

He urged Israel to exercise restraint in response.

“Kenya is deeply concerned by Iran’s attack on the State of Israel. This disturbing development only serves to aggravate an already delicate situation in the Middle East,” the Kenyan leader said on Sunday.

He added, “The Iran attack represents a real and present threat to international peace and security, contravenes the Charter of the United Nations and should be condemned by all peace-loving countries.”

“In responding to this act of aggression, Kenya urges Israel to show utmost restraint taking into account the urgent need for all parties to walk away from the brink beyond which recovery will be enormously difficult,” Ruto said in an X statement.

Iran launched numerous drones and cruise missiles targeting Israel on Saturday evening, marking the Islamic Republic’s inaugural direct assault on the Jewish state.

The action was in retaliation for the April 1 strike on the Iranian consulate in Syrian capital of Damascus, resulting in the death of a senior member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards and eight other officers.

Benny Gantz, a member of the Israeli war cabinet, declared that Israel will retaliate against Iran for its extensive missile and drone assault at an opportune moment.

His statement preceded a war cabinet session attended by Israeli’s Premier, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Defence Minister, Yoav Gallant.

Tehran has however issued a caution, indicating it will respond with increased intensity should Israel or the US retaliate for Iran’s strike involving over 300 drones and missiles.

The aerial assaults, constituting Iran’s initial direct attack on Israel, have escalated a longstanding covert conflict and raised the specter of wider regional escalation, prompting Israel to deliberate its next move.

The attack, primarily launched from within Iran, resulted in minimal damage in Israel, largely due to interception efforts aided by the US, Britain, and Jordan.

While an air force base in southern Israel sustained a hit, operations continued unaffected, with only one reported injury- a seven-year-old child wounded by shrapnel.

Israeli military spokesperson Rear Adm Daniel Hagari stated that 99% of the launches had been successfully intercepted.

Kenya’s declaration is expected to once again draw attention to the East African nation, potentially entangling it in a conflict it lacks familiarity with.

Last July, President William Ruto welcomed Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi for a state visit in Nairobi.

This visit marked the first time an Iranian leader visited Kenya in over a decade, to foster closer ties between the two nations.

For Iran, the visit to Kenya represented a strategic move to expand its diplomatic outreach and engage with African nations amid tough sanctions from western capitals.

Iran is the biggest consumer of Kenya’s tea, injecting billions to the Kenyan economy every year.

The country imports more than 100 million kilogrammes of tea, with Kenya supplying about 20 million kilos annually. 

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