Reports indicate that there have been explosions in Iran

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Iran’s state media reported explosions in central Isfahan on Friday, with US officials suggesting Israel conducted retaliatory strikes against its long-standing adversary.

According to state media, air defense systems were activated in multiple Iranian cities following reports of explosions near Isfahan. The blasts were believed to have occurred near the Shekari army airbase, as confirmed by Iran’s Fars news agency. Additionally, Iran’s space agency claimed to have successfully shot down several drones.

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Despite speculation, there were no immediate reports of missile attacks. Iran’s Tasnim news agency assured the public that nuclear facilities in Isfahan remained secure, citing reliable sources.

US outlets ABC and CBS News attributed the strikes to Israel, citing officials. However, neither the White House nor the Pentagon provided immediate comments. The Israeli military declined to comment when approached by AFP.

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The tension escalated after Iran launched an attack in retaliation for an alleged Israeli strike on its consulate in Damascus. Reports of additional strikes in southern Syria added to the turmoil.

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In response, Iran suspended flights across several provinces, activating its air defense systems. Tehran’s official IRNA news agency confirmed the suspension of flights to major cities, including Tehran, Isfahan, and Shiraz.

Israeli officials refrained from specifying their response plans, emphasizing their country’s right to self-defense. Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of the growing risk of a full-scale regional conflict, urging all parties to exercise restraint.

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The heightened tensions contributed to a more than three percent surge in oil prices during early Asian trade, following the reported explosions in Iran.

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