United Arab Emirates: DUBAI (AP) In the midst of heightened regional and international tensions surrounding the Islamic Republic, officials reported early Sunday that drones carrying bombs targeted an Iranian military factory in the central city of Isfahan throughout the course of the previous night.
The strike occurred at the same time that a refinery fire broke out in the country’s northwest and a 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck nearby, killing two people. The Iranian Defense Ministry provided no information on who it thought was responsible for the attack.
However, as its nuclear agreement with major nations failed, Tehran was allegedly the target of Israeli drone attacks while engaged in a covert conflict with its Mideast foe. In the meantime, tensions with neighboring Azerbaijan are still high after a shooter assaulted its embassy in Tehran, killing its security chief and injuring two others.
There were little details available about the incident in Isfahan, which occurred at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday. According to a Defense Ministry statement, two of the three drones that were successfully shot down at the site were launched. According to the ministry, a third allegedly got it through to impact the structure, “minorly damaging” its roof while leaving no one injured.
One of the many routes for motorists to travel to the holy city of Qom and Tehran, the capital of Iran, was the busy Imam Khomeini Expressway, which heads northwest out of Isfahan. Press TV, the English-language branch of Iranian state television, aired mobile phone video that appeared to capture the moment the drone struck the expressway. Anti-aircraft fire attracted a small group of spectators who came to watch as an explosion and sparkles hit a shadowy structure.
God, oh God! Was it a drone, by any chance? “The person recording yells. “Yes, a drone was involved.
After the strike, everyone there left.
This strike film, along with subsequent strike footage examined by The Associated Press, corresponds to a location on Minoo Street in northwest Isfahan, next to a shopping area with a carpet and an electronics store.
As the country’s cities become progressively larger, commercial buildings and residential communities are increasingly surrounding Iranian defense and nuclear complexes. Some facilities also continue to be highly secretive about what they manufacture, displaying little more than a sign with the Defense Ministry or the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard emblem.
The Defense Ministry did not specify what was produced at the location; it merely referred to it as a “workshop.” Both a sizable air station constructed for its fleet of American-made F-14 fighter planes and its Nuclear Fuel Research and Production Center are located in Isfahan, around 350 kilometers (215 miles) south of Tehran.
Separately, official television in Iran reported that an oil refinery in an industrial area close to the city of Tabriz in the northwest caught fire. It stated that the reason was currently unknown and displayed video of firemen putting out the fire.
Additionally, according to state television, the magnitude 5.9 earthquake in West Azerbaijan province left 580 people injured, destroyed numerous communities’ buildings, and killed two individuals.
Israel and Iran have been at war in secret for a long time, with clandestine Israeli assaults against Iranian nuclear and military targets.
An engineer was reportedly murdered and another employee was injured at the Parchin military and weapons research complex east of Tehran last year, according to Iran. The ministry referred to it as an accident without giving any other information.
The International Atomic Energy Agency has stated that it believes Iran tested explosive triggers that might be used in nuclear bombs at a military installation in Parchin.
Iran accused Israel of attacking its underground Natanz nuclear plant in April 2021 and damaging its centrifuges.
Israeli media extensively reported that the nation had planned a deadly cyberattack that resulted in a blackout at the nuclear complex, while Israel has not admitted responsibility for the attack. Israeli authorities seldom ever recognize actions carried out by their Mossad intelligence service or covert military formations.
Iran accused Israel in 2020 of being behind a cunning strike that claimed the life of its top nuclear expert.
Iran has consistently stated that its nuclear program is only intended for peaceful uses. According to Western countries, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and U.S. intelligence agencies, Iran had a formal nuclear weapons program up until 2003.
Rafael Mariano Grossi, the chief nuclear officer for the UN, has issued a warning that Iran has enough highly enriched uranium to construct “multiple” nuclear bombs at its discretion.
An effort to resurrect a 2015 agreement with international powers that restricted Iran’s nuclear program came to a grinding end last year. Israel and the United States have both pledged to take military action if necessary to stop Iran from gaining nuclear weapons.