Israel attacks targets in Iran, according to reports

Israel attacks targets in Iran, according to reports

April 18, 2024, 11:39 PM

April 18, 2024, 11:39 PM

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Israel launched an attack against Iran this Friday morning (local time), according to reports.

The American channel ABC reported that an official from that country told it that an Israeli missile hit Iran, and two American officials confirmed it to CBS, a BBC partner.

Three loud explosions were heard in Isfahan, in the center of the country and about four hours by car or 350 kilometers south of Iran’s capital, Tehran, according to state media.

Iranian state television reported that three drones were observed over the sky over Isfahan around 00:30 GMT and were destroyed after the country’s air defense system was activated, according to Reuters.

Iran’s Fars news agency reported that an explosion occurred near the city’s airport.

Isfahan province is home to a large air base, a major missile production complex and several nuclear sites.

State news agency IRNA reported that the country’s air defense systems were activated in several provinces.

The BBC Persian service reported that it was sent several videos filmed by Isfahan residents during the early hours of the morning.

In a video posted on the BBC Persian service’s Instagram account, you can hear the sound of what appears to be anti-aircraft artillery.

Iran’s state broadcaster IRIB said, citing “reliable sources,” that the “loud sounds heard in several regions of the country were the result of the activation of air defense to counter several unidentified mini-drones“.

He added that the Isfahan nuclear facilities were “completely safe.”

Flights over the cities of Isfahan, Shiraz and Tehran were suspended.

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The attack occurs five days after Iran launched an offensive with more than 300 drones and missiles against Israel, which that country repelled with the Iron Dome, its anti-missile defense system.

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi had warned on Wednesday that Israel would see a “massive and harsh” response to the “smallest invasion.”

In the hours before Friday’s reports, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian warned that his country’s response to any retaliation by Israel would be “immediate and at the highest level.”

Amirabdollahian made the comments during an interview on CNN on Thursday.

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