A key Iranian military facility has been hit by a drone. Explosive about it: The attack came from Iran itself. Israel is suspected to be behind it. But so far no one wants to commit to it.
Tensions between Iran and Israel continue to mount. Recently, a key Iranian military facility near the capital, Tehran, was attacked with “suicide drones.” According to a report by the New York Timesalso serves the development of missiles, drones and nuclear technology. The drones exploded in a building used by the Department of Defense for research into developing drones. A young engineer who worked at the ministry was killed and another injured, sources said.
While Iranian officials, according to the Iran News Agency IRNA Initially saying the blasts were the result of an “industrial accident,” the government later said the plant had been attacked and identified the engineer who was killed as Ehsan Ghadbeigi, whom it called a “martyr.” Apparently, the investigating authorities quickly realized that hostile forces were probably behind it and that this attack must have come from inland. Given the short range of quadcopter drones and Parchin’s considerable distance from Iran’s borders, Iranian sources told the Times that the attack may have come from within the country, not far from the facility.
So far, no actor has claimed responsibility for the attack, and Tehran has not publicly blamed it. However, the Times noted that “the attack fits a pattern of past Israeli attacks”, including an attack in February in which six quadcopter drones detonated near a factory in the city of Kermanshah. It can therefore be assumed that Iran will retaliate accordingly via its proxies in Israel and the country’s immediate vicinity.
However, in the current situation, the world can hardly afford an escalation of tensions in the Persian Gulf. For example, despite sanctions imposed by Washington, the United States is currently ignoring oil supplies from Iran in order to prevent a further explosion in oil prices. Or as someone recently put it: “It’s easier to buy Iranian oil than Russian right now.” But if Israeli intelligence continues to launch attacks inside Iran itself, the powder keg could explode.