by: Kate Norman
Tuesday, 6 July 2021 | In the most recent calamity plaguing the Islamic regime, a fire was reported outside of Tehran on Monday.
Some locals reported hearing a blast, and pictures and videos showing a large building in flames were uploaded to social media throughout the day yesterday. Some reports say the building was a state-owned factory or warehouse along the highway between Tehran and Karaj—the site of a nuclear plant that was damaged in a drone attack last month.
One Iranian social media user posted a video of a building in flames, in which he was saying, according to another Twitter user’s translation, “huge fire, Shahid Sani.” Shahid Sanikhani Industries is connected to an Iranian organization involved in the regime’s ballistic missile production.
No other details have surfaced about what caused the fire or what the burning building was used for: an innocent warehouse storing goods—or another strategic site for the regime’s advanced weapons production.
Nonetheless, the spate of mysterious explosions and fires at significant nuclear and military sites over the past few years raise questions about whether these are mere accidents, as Tehran often claims, or whether they are acts of sabotage, which the regime will sometimes concede—and point the finger at Israel.
Yesterday’s fire comes amid a PR conundrum for Iran, as satellite photos published over the weekend appear to negate the regime’s claims that it thwarted a drone attack last month.
Images of the nuclear plant in Karaj, located just outside of Tehran, show a different story. The picture shows the plant before and after the June 23 drone attack, which shows one of the buildings missing a roof. The roof was likely removed as part of clean-up efforts, said Intel Lab, a private Israeli intelligence organization that captures and analyzes satellite images. The missing roof also reveals what appears to be a blackened interior, likely caused by a fire.
Iran blamed Israel for the attack, and Israel asserts that Iran was behind an attack this weekend on a cargo ship in the Indian Ocean that had previously been owned by an Israeli company.
The back-and-forth attacks have tensions between Jerusalem and Tehran high, especially amid ongoing talks between Iran and the US about a potential return to the 2015 nuclear deal.
Former US President Donald Trump exited the deal in 2018 and reimposed heavy sanctions against the regime in order to cripple its nuclear development. The new administration under President Joe Biden is keen to return to the deal, but the talks are yielding slow progress.
Israel has voiced its objections to Washington, and the two have agreed to keep each other apprised of any developments regarding Iran and the nuclear talks.
Nonetheless, Israel’s leaders have vowed to prevent Tehran from achieving a nuclear weapon, even acting alone if necessary.
Posted on July 6, 2021
Source: (Bridges for Peace, July 6, 2021)
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