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6 keys to understanding Israel’s latest attack on Iranian territory

6 keys to understanding Israel’s latest attack on Iranian territory

6 keys to understanding Israel’s latest attack on Iranian territory

US officials said that Israel wholesale Will with a missile in the early hours of Friday, in what appears to be an escalation of tension between the two countries.

There is contradictory information about the type and magnitude of the attack in the Isfahan region.

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Iran’s National Cyberspace Center spokesman Hossein Dalirian said He denied that there had been a missile attack.

“There was only one failed and humiliating attempt to fly quadcopters (drones) and the quadcopters were also shot down,” he said on Twitter.

The attack comes after weeks of increased tension between these two regional rivals, which resulted in an Israeli attack on an Iranian diplomatic complex in Syria and an unprecedented Iranian attack on Israel with drones and missiles.

These are the keys to the latest incident.

Iranians marched to condemn the attack in Isfahan. (GET IMAGES).

1. What type of attack was it?

Israel routinely does not confirm its military actions, many of which target Iranian-backed armed groups in Syria and Iraq.

However, US officials confirmed to BBC partner CBS News that a Israeli missile hit Iran on Friday morning.

It is not clear what type of weapons were used in the attack or where they were launched from.

American sources indicated that the attack took place with a missile, while Iran stated that it was carried out with small drones.

The Iranian government strictly controls access to the country. The BBC does not have direct access to the central region of Isfahan, where this incident occurred in the early hours of Friday.

2. What damage was caused?

Some Iranian officials and media outlets confirmed that there was an attempted attack, but they minimized. No casualties were reported.

Iran’s Fars news agency reported that explosions were heard near a military base and that air defense systems were activated.

An Iranian state channel quoted a general as saying from Isfahan that the explosions heard in the area were “due to anti-aircraft defense firing at suspicious objects” and that no damage occurred.

The semi-official Iranian news agency Tasnim, close to the powerful Iranian Revolutionary Guard, published a video of a nuclear facility in Isfahan that showed no signs of having been hit.

Iranian state media downplayed the attack.  (GET IMAGES).

Iranian state media downplayed the attack. (GET IMAGES).

The International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that no damage occurred to Iranian nuclear facilities.

Hossein Dalirian, spokesman for the Iranian National Cyberspace Center, said there was no “no air strikes from outside the borders” and that Israel “made only a failed and humiliating attempt to fly quadcopters [drones] and the quadcopters were also shot down.”

Iran imposed restrictions on commercial flights in the hours immediately after the attack, but they have since been lifted.

During the night they also recorded explosions in Iraq and Syriawhere Iranian-backed armed groups operate, but it is unclear whether they are directly related to the Isfahan attack.

The Syrian Defense Ministry said an Israeli missile hit an air defense site in southern Syria on Friday morning local time.

Israel has not confirmed that it was behind the attack.

3. Why was Isfahan targeted?

O Isfahan province is a large area in central Iran which takes its name from its largest city.

The region is home to important Iranian military infrastructure, such as a large air base, a large missile production complex and several nuclear facilities.

Israel normally informs the United States in advance of its military actions, but Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani told reporters at the G7 meeting that Washington was “reported at the last minute”.

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Speaking at the summit, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken refused to speak about the attack, saying simply that The United States “did not participate in any offensive operations.”

This latest attack comes less than a week after Iran launched hundreds of missiles and drones against Israel, in an incident seen as a dramatic escalation of tensions between the two countries.

Despite its enormous scale, the Iranian attack was largely unsuccessful, as the the vast majority of projectiles were shot down by Israeli air defenses with help from the United States, the United Kingdom and other allies.

This unprecedented attack on Israeli soil was a response to an attack on an Iranian diplomatic building in Syria on April 1.

Israel has also not publicly confirmed that it was behind the attack, but it is believed to be so.

4. What can happen now?

The meaning of this latest attack is still unclear and it is unknown whether Iran will attempt to respond.

BBC security correspondent Frank Gardener described the scale of Friday’s attack as “limited, almost symbolic” and potentially designed to ensure that the conflict does not escalate.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be under competitive pressure from some of his own generals and political allies to confront Iran, according to BBC international editor Jeremy Bowen.

Israel has been under enormous pressure from the United States and other Western allies to do not take any action that could turn your rivalry with Iran into a direct conflict.

This escalation of hostilities takes place against the backdrop of the war in Gaza, where the Israeli army is fighting Hamas, a Palestinian organization supported by Iran.

5. What reactions occurred?

Some of the responses from within Israel highlighted the political divisions in the country.

The Minister of Security, the ultranationalist Itamar Ben Gvir, described the attack on Iran as “weak” and “poor”.

Meanwhile, Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid called for the minister’s resignation and said that what Gvir said ridiculed and shamed Israel.

The British government said it would not speculate about the attack, but said Israel needed to avoid a “significant climb” while exercising his “right to self-defense.”

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called on all parties to refrain from taking further action.

6. Will the attack have an impact on the price of oil?

The Isfahan refinery is one of the largest in Iran. (GET IMAGES).

The Isfahan refinery is one of the largest in Iran. (GET IMAGES).

There are fears that the worsening conflict in the Middle East could disrupt oil supplies.

After Friday’s attack, Brent oil – the international benchmark for oil prices – It rose 1.8%, reaching US$88 a barrel.

Oil prices initially rose as much as 3.5% but stabilized when it became clear that the attack had been limited.

The price of gold – often considered a safe investment in times of uncertainty – approached all-time highs before falling to nearly $2,400 per 28 grams.

Source: Elcomercio

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