drones shot down in Iran, Israeli army remains silent

At least three aircraft were shot down near a military base in Isfahan, in the center of the country.


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Official Iranian television reports explosions in the center of the country on April 19, 2024. (HOSSEIN BERIS / MIDDLE EAST IMAGES / AFP)

Several detonations were reported early Friday April 19 in the Isfahan region, in central Iran, six days after the large-scale attack launched by the regime against Israeli territory. According to the authorities of the Islamic Republic, pseveral machines were “successfully shot down” by Iranian air defense, but no information confirms “so far” a potential missile attack, said Hossein Dalirian, spokesman for Iran’s space agency.

According to the official Fars agency, the authorities have report of three explosions near a military base in Qahjavarestan, a locality located between the city of Isfahan and its airport. The regime then, through official press agencies, rejected the hypothesis of an attack carried out from foreign soil, without giving further details. On X, the spokesperson for the Iranian space agency spoke of the neutralization of quadcopter drones. The Israeli army, which in recent days threatened to respond to the Iranian attack on the night of April 13 to 14, did not wish to comment immediately.

Iran’s nuclear sites intact

Iranian authorities have assured that the explosions did not cause “no major damage”, reported the official agencies. The Isfahan region is home to critical infrastructure, including a nuclear research center and processing plants. These sites were not affected, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said. The UN agency “keep calling everyone shows extreme restraint and repeats that no nuclear installation should ever be targeted during military conflicts.”she writes on the social network

In response to these explosions, the United States issued directives on Friday concerning its nationals in Israel. Washington restricted “until further notice” the travel of their diplomatic staff on site. “It is absolutely necessary that the region remains stable and that all parties refrain from further action”for her part declared the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, during a trip to Finland.

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