Tehran announces it has foiled a drone attack on a military site in the center of the country

Tehran announces it has foiled a drone attack on a military site in the center of the country

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Iran claimed to have repelled an attack on a military site located in Isfahan in the center of the country on the night of Saturday 28 January to Sunday 29 January.

“An attack, which failed, was carried out using drones on one of the equipment complexes of the Ministry of Defense”explained the latter quoted by Irna agency, saying that he did not become a victim but only caused “minor damage to roof” of a building.

“The attack, which took place on Saturday at around 11:30 p.m. [21 heures à Paris]There was no disturbance in the operation of the complex ”The ministry confirmed that one of the drones was destroyed by the site’s anti-aircraft defense system, while the other two exploded.

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A video widely circulated on social networks, the authenticity of which Agence France-Presse could not verify, shows a loud explosion at the site and images of emergency vehicles then heading to the area.

Mohammad Reza Jan-Nesari, the deputy governor of Isfahan province, also said on television that the attack did not happen. “no victim”Stating that an investigation has been launched to define the reasons.

Officials did not provide details on activity at the targeted site north of the larger city of Isfahan.

The announcement of the strike comes in a tense context against the backdrop of a protest movement in Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini in September, allegations by some countries of Tehran supplying drones to the Russian military for the war in Ukraine, and continued nuclear differences on file

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The region is home to several known Iranian nuclear research sites, including a uranium conversion plant. In April 2022, Tehran announced that it had begun production of 60% enriched uranium at the Natanz site, reaching the 90% needed to make a nuclear bomb.

Talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran, the European Union and six major powers have stalled after the United States pulled out in 2018. The deal was intended to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons, a goal Iran has always denied pursuing.

The nuclear program has been the target of numerous campaigns of cyber attacks, sabotage and targeted killings of scientists. Iran has thus accused Israel of carrying out several covert operations on its soil, including an attack carried out according to Tehran using a satellite-controlled machine gun, which killed a prominent nuclear physicist in November 2020. Mohsin Fakhrizadeh was murdered.

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