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Israel-Iran. Explosions heard near Isfahan, flights suspended – media

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Explosions were heard near the airport in the city of Isfahan, their source is being determined, Iranian media report. American stations ABC News and CNN report, in turn, that Israel carried out an attack on an unspecified target in Iran. Air defense systems have been activated in several Iranian regions.

The sound of the explosion was reported by Iran's Fars news agency early on Friday morning. “The investigation into this matter will continue until the exact details of the incident are determined,” she said. Subsequent reports said three explosions were heard near a military base on the outskirts of Isfahan.

Iranian state television launched a scrolling alert reporting “explosions” near Isfahan. It was later reported that “three drones were observed in the sky over Isfahan” and “the air defense system was active and destroyed these targets in the sky.”

Isfahan is located in central IranGoogle Maps

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Israel struck target in Iran – media

In turn, the American stations ABC News and CNN, citing anonymous sources in the American administration, report that Israel is striking a target in Iran. The Israeli missiles were said to have landed on an unspecified object that, according to CNN, was “non-nuclear.”

Isfahan province is home to several Iranian nuclear facilities, including Natanz, which is the centerpiece of Iran's uranium enrichment program.

Reuters and CNN unofficially report that Israel was supposed to warn the United States about it before carrying out the attack.

The media report the launch of air defense and the suspension of flights over several Iranian cities, including: Isfahan and Tehran. CNN reported that at least several flights were diverted from Iranian airspace. In turn, according to AP, Dubai carriers, Emirates and FlyDubai, changed their flight routes over western Iran. Local warnings to airmen suggested that airspace over Iran may have been closed.

Iranian attack on Israel

Last weekend, Iran fired hundreds of missiles and drones in an attack that was intended to be retaliation for an Israeli strike on an Iranian diplomatic mission in Syria.

The vast majority of drones and missiles were shot down before reaching Israeli territory. Two days after the Iranian attack, Israeli Army Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi announced that Israel will respond to the Iranian attack. As he stated, “the firing of so many rockets and drones into Israeli territory must be met with a reaction.”

Reuters, ABC News, CNN, PAP

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