Two strikes target military site in Ispahan and an Iranian convoy in Syria

The first attack was led by drones against a complex involved in the production of ballistic missiles. The second, in northern Syria, made seven victims.

by Louis Imbert (Jerusalem, correspondent)

A military complex in Ispahan, in the center of Iran, was targeted on January 28 by a drone attack. The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times attribute it to Israel, citing anonymous American officials and intelligence officials on the dialogue on this subject between Israel and Washington. Sunday, January 29, in Syria, Israeli aviation also struck a convoy of weapons from Iran, killing seven people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The strike on Ispahan, a first since the return to power of Benyamin Netanyahu as Prime Minister, in December 2022, would, according to the Israeli site Walla, linked to the Iranian ballistic program. It took place while Iran is accused of preparing to provide missiles to Russia, in addition to attack drones that Moscow deploys in his war in Ukraine. This attack was carried out by quadricopter drones equipped with bombs, according to the Iranian public agency Irna. Such devices, limited autonomy, would have necessarily taken off from Iranian territory.

“Pacific nuclear”

State TV state television broadcast amateur images showing an explosion near a boulevard in the north of Ispahan. This city notably houses a space research center involved in the production of ballistic missiles, as well as an air base and an uranium conversion plant. “Such actions cannot affect the will of our experts for the development of peaceful nuclear,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hossein Amir Abdollahian.

Israel had already carried out a drone attack in August 2019, against a precision missile manufacturing site in Beirut, mounted by Lebanese Hezbollah with the help of its Iranian ally. In June 2021, the Hebrew State struck an Iranian nuclear site, then a drone plant in March 2022. That year, the predecessor of Mr. Netanyahu, Naftali Bennett, had supervised an enlargement of the targets of Mossad in Iran , by validating the assassination of officers involved in the network of allies militiamen of Tehran in the Middle East.

/Media reports cited above.