Archive for July 10, 2020

Explosions, power outages reported near Tehran 

July 10, 2020

Source: Explosions, power outages reported near Tehran – The Jerusalem Post

Al-Arabiya reported that the explosions occurred in missile depots belonging to the IRGC southwest of Tehran.

Explosion near Tehran, June 26, 2020 (photo credit: SCREENSHOT FARS NEWS AGENCY)
Explosion near Tehran, June 26, 2020
(photo credit: SCREENSHOT FARS NEWS AGENCY)
Explosions were reported west of Tehran on Thursday night, with some initial reports claiming that the explosions occurred at a missile depot belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

According to the Iranian Mehr News Agency, the explosions were reported by social media users west of Tehran and in the cities of Garmdareh and Quds.

Power outages were reported in the area after the explosions were heard, according to initial reports.

Al-Arabiya reported that the explosions occurred in missile depots belonging to the IRGC southwest of Tehran.

Thursday’s explosion is the most recent in a series of explosions and fires reported in industrial areas and infrastructure throughout Iran.

On Monday, at least two people were killed and three others injured in a large explosion at the Sepahan Boresh factory in the city of Baqershahr near Tehran, according to Iranian and foreign reports.

The explosion was caused by “negligence in filling oxygen tanks,” the Kahrizak district governor told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on Tuesday. The walls of the Saipa Press Company, located next to the factory, were damaged by the explosion as well.

The location of the explosion is not far from the warehouse where Iran’s nuclear archive was found by Israel in 2018, reported the IntelliTimes intelligence blog. The Saipa Press Company is located about 11 km. northeast from the area where the nuclear archive was found in the Shurabad commercial area. A warehouse where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that nuclear equipment and material was stored is also located nearby in the Turouzabad area. The International Atomic Energy Agency found traces of uranium at the warehouse in 2019 and began investigating its origin, according to Reuters.

IntelliTimes reported that the Sepahan Boresh factory belongs to the Iranian automotive manufacturer SAIPA. It cooperates with the Iranian Ministry of Defense; the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps is involved in the company as well.

On June 26, an explosion was reported at a gas storage facility near Tehran. Iranian media reported that the incident happened in a “public area” in Parchin and not at a military site located nearby. Western security services believe Tehran carried out tests relevant to nuclear bomb detonations in Parchin more than a decade ago; Iran denies this.

Days later, on June 30, another explosion happened at a medical facility in Tehran, killing 19 people. Some initial reports attributed the explosion to oxygen tanks as well.

Later that week, an explosion was reported at a building at the Natanz nuclear facility where centrifuges were reportedly housed.
The Noor News website, close with Iran’s Supreme National Security Council and the Hamshahri newspaper described the Natanz explosion as an “attack” on Tuesday, writing that “there is evidence that it was intentional,” according to Radio Farda.

The report published by Noor stated that the Natanz site is difficult to defend. The extent of the damage and intelligence have strengthened the probability that the Natanz explosion was intentional, according to the report.

On Saturday, a fire broke out at the Shahid Medhaj Zargan power plant in the city of Ahvaz in southwestern Iran, and a chlorine leak sent dozens of employees to the emergency room at a petrochemical plant in the same region on Saturday, according to Iranian media.

The fire at the power plant broke out after a transformer exploded, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency. A spokesman for the Iranian electricity industry later told Iranian media that the “connection” of one of the transformers caused the fire, not an explosion.

About an hour after the fire at the power plant, 70 people were injured from a chlorine gas leak at the Karun Petrochemical Company, located south of Ahvaz, according to the Iranian IRNA news agency. The leak occurred after a pipe from a tank ruptured. The cause of the rupture is being investigated, according to a local official.

 

Explosion heard in western Tehran, latest in series of blasts to shake Iran

July 10, 2020

Yet another!

This one might be suspicious, given it is said it might have happened near military facilities.

Precise location of the explosion, the third in so many weeks, is unclear, but there are several known military and training facilities in the area.

https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/07/10/explosion-heard-in-western-tehran-latest-in-series-of-blasts-to-shake-iran/

Explosion heard in western Tehran, latest in series of blasts to shake Iran

An explosion shook western Tehran in the early hours of Friday morning, causing widespread power failures in two residential areas, the Islamic republic’s media reported.

The precise location of the explosion, the third in so many weeks, was unclear, but there are several known military and training facilities in the area, which Western analysts said could be the target of sabotage.

The explosion is another in a series of mysterious “incidents” plaguing sensitive Iranian sites in recent weeks. Foreign pundits have already hedged that the incidents could be the result of an Israeli campaign to undermine Tehran’s nuclear program.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not commented on the incidents in Iran, but Defense Minister Benny Gantz dismissed these speculations, saying that not everything that happens in Iran could be blamed on the Jewish state.

“Not every incident that transpires in Iran necessarily has something to do with us,” he told Army Radio on Sunday. “All those systems are complex, they have very high safety constraints and I’m not sure they always know how to maintain them.”

On Tuesday, an explosion reportedly damaged a factory south of Tehran. According to Iranian media reports, two people were killed and three were injured in the blast at the Sepahan Bresh factory in the Kahrizak district.

On Saturday, a blast reportedly damaged a power plant in the Iranian city of Ahvaz. A few hours later, Iranian media said a chlorine gas leak at a petrochemical center in southeast Iran was to blame.

On July 2, an explosion damaged Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility, and a week prior, a blast was reported at the Parchin military complex, which defense analysts believe holds an underground tunnel system and missile production facilities.

On Tuesday, Iran accused Israel of these incidents and called for action against it following the damage to the Natanz facility.

“This method Israel is using is dangerous, and it could spread to anywhere in the world,” government spokesman Ali Rabiei said during a press conference. “The international community must respond and set limits to these dangerous actions by the Zionist regime.”

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threatened retaliation against anyone who attacked his country in any way, stating that Iran’s nuclear program was “unstoppable.”

Israeli media reported last week that the country was bracing for possible retaliation by Tehran if it determines that Jerusalem was behind the explosions.

Iran says nuclear program ‘unstoppable,’ warns Israel not to strike

July 10, 2020

There is a special place in hell just reserved for you, Iranian leaders…

Days after explosion causes major damage to key uranium enrichment center, ayatollah’s regime heats up rhetoric against the Jewish state.

https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/07/07/iran-says-nuclear-program-unstoppable-warns-israel-not-to-strike/

Report: Iranian, American officials secretly met in Iraq to defuse tension

Iran vowed on Tuesday to maintain its nuclear program despite Israel’s alleged efforts to sabotage it, stressing that the recent explosion at the Natanz nuclear enrichment center was not going disrupt its pace.

Iran has recently reactivated key parts of its nuclear program in response to US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal. As a result, its uranium enrichment levels have increased in both volume and quality, stoking fears that this might shorten its path to a bomb.

“The Israeli regime should be aware that creation of norm-breaking narrative on any attack against our nuclear facilities, even if it’s only propaganda, is considered as stepping in the path of violating red lines of global peace and security,” government spokesman Ali Rabiei said on Tuesday according to the Tehran Times. He was referring to the incident in the Natanz nuclear site last week, which Iran has publicly suggested could be attributed to the US or Israel.

Israel has not commented on last week’s attack on Natanz, but The New York Times has quoted a Middle Eastern intelligence official who confirmed that Israel planted a device and that the incident led to major damage to the advanced centrifuges.

Rabiei vowed that nothing would stop Iran’s nuclear program.

“This incident has not had any effect on the process of uranium enrichment, and the Natanz facilities are active as before; Iran’s nuclear activities are peaceful and despite hostilities of enemies, it is unstoppable,” he said. “After the incident, some media outlets tried to create a powerful image for the Israeli regime and attributed the incident to it while officials of the usurper regime have refused to accept responsibility,” the government spokesman added.

Explosion near Iran’s capital kills two, damages factory

July 10, 2020

Another one!

Although this one seems to not be suspicious.

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/2-killed-in-explosion-at-factory-south-of-tehran-report-634114

Aftermath of explosion at Sepahan Boresh factory near Tehran, July 7, 2020 (photo credit: FARS NEWS AGENCY/MAHDI KHANLARI)

At least two people were killed and three others injured in a large explosion at the Sepahan Boresh factory in the city of Baqershahr near Tehran on Monday night, according to Iranian and foreign reports.

The explosion was caused by “negligence in filling oxygen tanks,” the Kahrizak district governor told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on Tuesday. The walls of the Saipa Press Company, located next to the factory, were damaged by the explosion as well.
“Human error was the cause of the blast in a factory … Two people were killed and three others were injured,” said local official Amin Babai, adding that the explosion happened in “an industrial zone” at Baqershahr near Tehran.

“The explosion that was caused by some workers’ negligent handling of oxygen tanks…. was so powerful that the walls of a factory nearby were also totally destroyed.”

A large explosion was reportedly heard by residents of areas south of Tehran and in the Kahrizak area.

The location of the explosion is not far from the warehouse where Iran’s nuclear archive was found by Israel in 2018, reported the IntelliTimes intelligence blog. The Saipa Press Company is located about 11 km. northeast from the area where the nuclear archive was found in the Shurabad commercial area. A warehouse where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that nuclear equipment and material was stored is also located nearby in the Turouzabad area. The International Atomic Energy Agency found traces of uranium at the warehouse in 2019 and began investigating its origin, according to Reuters.

IntelliTimes reported that the Sepahan Boresh factory belongs to the Iranian automotive manufacturer SAIPA. It cooperates with the Iranian Ministry of Defense; the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps is involved in the company as well.

This is the third explosion reported in the Tehran region in the past two weeks and the most recent in a series of explosions and fires reported in industrial areas and infrastructure throughout Iran.
On June 26, an explosion was reported at a gas storage facility near Tehran. Iranian media reported that the incident happened in a “public area” in Parchin and not at a military site located nearby. Western security services believe Tehran carried out tests relevant to nuclear bomb detonations in Parchin more than a decade ago; Iran denies this.
Days later, on June 30, another explosion happened at a medical facility in Tehran, killing 19 people. Some initial reports attributed the explosion to oxygen tanks as well.

Later that week, an explosion was reported at a building at the Natanz nuclear facility where centrifuges were reportedly housed.

The Noor News website, close with Iran’s Supreme National Security Council and the Hamshahri newspaper described the Natanz explosion as an “attack” on Tuesday, writing that “there is evidence that it was intentional,” according to Radio Farda.
The report published by Noor stated that the Natanz site is difficult to defend. The extent of the damage and intelligence have strengthened the probability that the Natanz explosion was intentional, according to the report.
On Saturday, a fire broke out at the Shahid Medhaj Zargan power plant in the city of Ahvaz in southwestern Iran, and a chlorine leak sent dozens of employees to the emergency room at a petrochemical plant in the same region on Saturday, according to Iranian media.
The fire at the power plant broke out after a transformer exploded, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency. A spokesman for the Iranian electricity industry later told Iranian media that the “connection” of one of the transformers caused the fire, not an explosion.

About an hour after the fire at the power plant, 70 people were injured from a chlorine gas leak at the Karun Petrochemical Company, located south of Ahvaz, according to the Iranian IRNA news agency. The leak occurred after a pipe from a tank ruptured. The cause of the rupture is being investigated, according to a local official.

Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization denied earlier reports by Iranian opposition media of an explosion at the Shahid Rezaei Nejad Nuclear Facility in Ardakan in the Yazd province in central Iran, saying no incident happened at the site.
The Atomic Energy Organization stated that “counter-revolutionary elements abroad” published the reports in order to “cooperate with the Zionist terrorist and war-mongering regime.”
The reports of an explosion at the nuclear site in Yazd were mostly spread on social media. The reports were accompanied with a satellite image claiming to show damage in the area.