Iran says drones attacked military factory, in latest hint of shadow war with Israel. The incident served as the latest flashpoint for rising tensions with Israel and the West over the country’s nuclear program and its supply of drones to Russia.
A bomb-laden drone targeted. A military factory in the heart of Iran’s central city of Isfahan. Authorities said Sunday, causing a large explosion and minor damage to the facility.
The incident served as the latest flashpoint in rising tensions over.
The country’s nuclear program and drone deliveries to Russia. The news sparked a celebratory response in Kiev that earned its own rebuke from Tehran on Monday.
There was no immediate information on who carried out the attack. But the focus shifted to Israel, which is engaged in a shadow war with the Islamic Republic. And is suspected of being behind several similar attacks in recent years.
Iran’s Defense Ministry confirmed. That one of its workshop complexes came under attack from several micro aerial vehicles. On Saturday, but said the complex’s air defenses repelled it.
Iran’s state broadcaster IRIB said on its website Sunday. That an explosion was heard at a military plant in Isfahan. But a security official said there were no casualties.
“The explosion took place at a weapons manufacturing center of the Ministry of Defense. And according to an announcement by the Political. And Security Deputy Head of Isfahan Governorate,” IRIB reported, without giving further details.
In a statement shared with IRIB. Iran’s Defense Ministry said three quadcopters armed with bombs were used in the attack.
“One MAV was destroyed by the air defense fire of the complex. While the other two exploded after falling into its protective traps,” the statement said.
The ministry noted that there were no casualties. And only minor damage to the roof of a workshop in the failed attack. It added, the complex continued its normal operations after the attack.
Eyewitness video verified by todaystrendnews News shows a small explosion. And gray smoke rising as the car drives past. A home furnishings store off the Imam Khomeini Expressway in Isfahan.
In a press conference on Sunday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian described. The attack as “” and assured the public that such. An attack would have no impact on the country’s progress towards progress. According to Tasnim news agency.
Israel is believed to be behind a growing list of incidents such as drone strikes on Iranian military. And nuclear targets in recent years. Benjamin Netanyahu, who recently returned. As Israel’s prime minister, has long viewed Iran as a serious threat.
A spokesman for both the Israeli Defense Forces and the CIA declined to comment.
Talks to revive Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers have collapsed. Amid the regime’s fierce crackdown on anti-government protesters. Raising fears about the development of the country’s nuclear program.
The attack comes as US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken embarks. On a three-day visit to the Middle East, already fraught with concern over. The possibility of rising tensions following an escalation of violence in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem. Washington and Israel also held massive joint military exercises last week.
News of the incident in Ukraine — where Russia is using Iranian-supplied. Drones to attack civilian targets across cities far from the front lines — prompted. An adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky to draw a link between the two.
“The logic of war is inexcusable and murderous. It bills authors and collaborators ,” Zelenskyy adviser Mykhailo Podoliak tweeted Sunday. “Explosive night in Iran — drone and missile production, oil refinery. [Ukraine] warned you.”
In response to Podlyak’s comments. Iran summoned Ukraine’s charge d’affaires to Tehran on Monday. The semi-official Tasnim news agency reported.
Russia’s foreign ministry on Monday condemned Sunday’s drone strike against. Its burgeoning ally and warned against “unintended consequences. That could exacerbate an already precarious situation.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said. Such subversive actions could have unexpected consequences for peace and stability in the Middle East.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Amir Abdollayan acknowledged in November. That his country had supplied drones to Russia. Insisting the transfer came before Moscow’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.