Friday evening news briefing: Israel gave US ‘last minute’ warning before attacking Iran

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Good evening. Israel gave the US a “last minute” warning before escalating its conflict with Iran by launching an attack on a military base this morning, Italy has said.

Elsewhere, French police have arrested a man who falsely claimed that he was wearing an explosives belt while inside the Iranian consulate in Paris on Friday morning.

Israel gave US ‘last minute’ warning before attacking Iran

Earlier on Friday, US officials revealed they had received advance warning of an Israeli attack. But Italy’s foreign minister told reporters in Capri that the US was only “informed at the last minute”. Meanwhile, Iran has signalled it has no plans to retaliate after it was attacked by Israel. Click here to follow our live blog for the latest updates.

Man ‘threatened to blow himself up’ inside Iranian embassy in Paris

Early reports suggested a man was holed up inside the Iranian consulate in Paris and threatening to blow himself up. A police source had told Reuters the man was seen at about 11am entering the consulate, which is located in the Iranian embassy building, carrying what appeared to be a grenade and explosive vest. However the man was found not to be carrying any explosives.

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