According to a U.S. official, Israel appears to have been responsible for a drone attack that occurred overnight on an Iranian military facility.
Iran said that drone attacks on a military industry target close to the capital city of Isfahan were stopped, adding that no one was hurt and no substantial damage was done.
Independent measurement of the damage’s extent was impossible. A flash in the sky and rescue vehicles at the location are seen in footage that was posted by Iranian official television.
An Israeli military spokesperson declined to comment. Although it has a habit of declining to comment on individual occurrences, arch-foe Israel has long stated that it is prepared to attack Iranian sites if diplomacy fails to curb Tehran’s nuclear or missile programs.
Brigadier General Patrick Ryder, a spokesperson for the Pentagon, said no American military personnel were involved in whatsoever attacks in Iran but he would not elaborate.
The strike happened in the midst of tensions between Iran and the West over Tehran’s nuclear program, its provision of weapons, including long-range “suicide drones,” for Russia’s conflict in Ukraine, as well as months of domestic anti-government protests.
Independent confirmation of the damage’s scope was not possible. According to Iran’s Defense Ministry, the explosion only resulted in minimal property damage and no injuries.
“Such actions will not impact our experts’ determination to progress in our peaceful nuclear work,” Amirabdollahian told reporters in televised remarks.