Israel carried out a drone attack on an ammunition factory in Iran this weekend, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources familiar with the operation and US officials.
The strike comes as the United States and Israel continue to debate ways to limit Iran’s influence in the region and elsewhere. Iran is believed to be supplying drones to Russia for attacks in Ukraine.
According to the BBC, Iran said a drone attack on military installations in the city of Isfahan was thwarted and the site of the attack suffered only minor damage to the roof.
“Of the three drones that attacked a defense manufacturing facility in Isfahan, one was shot down by the defense system stationed within the facility, while the other two were caught in traps set by the defense system and exploded,” it said. The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported.
According to a statement from the Iranian Defense Ministry quoted by IRNA, “This attack caused no disruption to the installations and operations of the complex.”
Israel has not commented on the strike. Sources and US officials say Israel was behind the attack, the first known attack on an Iranian target under Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new term.
It is not clear what military installations were targeted this weekend. Speculation ranges from missiles to building drones, but Iranian news outlets describe it as an “ammunition manufacturing plant.”
US officials said the US was not involved in the attack.
A senior US intelligence official told the New York Times that the attack was the work of Israeli intelligence agency Mossad. U.S. officials say the drone strikes on Iranian facilities were prompted by Israeli concerns for its own defense and security, not the idea of preventing Iran from sending weapons to Russia for war in Ukraine. It was
By Charles Kennedy for Oilprice.com
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