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Another Deadly Explosion Hits Industrial Facility In Iran

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Another Deadly Explosion Hits Industrial Facility In Iran

A medical facility in Tehran destroyed last week by an explosion attributed to faulty gas canisters

In the early morning hours of Tuesday an explosion at a factory south of Tehran killed two people and seriously injured three others. It is the latest in a string of deadly fires and explosions that have broken out at military and industrial installations in the country, including the Natanz nuclear facility and a missile assembly plant. While official statements have described the incidents as accidents and downplayed the damage caused, they have also warned that if it can be determined that any of the explosions were due to sabotage by Iran’s enemies it would respond accordingly.

The latest explosion, which destroyed a factory in Tehran and caused extensive damage to a neighbouring factory, was described as an accident and attributed to human error which caused oxygen tanks stored there to explode.

Several days earlier, an explosion damaged a power plant in the Iranian city of Ahvaz on Saturday. A few hours later, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported that a chlorine gas leak at a petrochemical centre in southeast Iran had injured 70 workers. Last week, there was an explosion at a medical centre in Teheran, described by Iranian officials as an accident and attributed to faulty gas canisters.

Also last week, an explosion occurred at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility, and six days before that a large blast was felt in Tehran, apparently caused by an explosion at the Parchin military complex, believed by Western analysts to be the location of an underground tunnel complex that includes missile production facilities. The explosion and subsequent fire were blamed on leaking gas tanks.

Iranian officials admitted last week that the fire at Natanz caused “considerable” damage, after satellite images appeared revealing widespread devastation. They had previously sought to downplay the damage from the blaze, which destroyed an above-ground laboratory used to prepare advanced centrifuges for installation in the underground facilities.

Another Deadly Explosion Hits Industrial Facility In Iran

Click to see the full-size image. Source: dailymail.co.uk

Natanz, also known as the Pilot Fuel Enrichment Plant, is among the sites now monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency after Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

The IAEA said in a statement it was aware of reports of the fire. “We currently anticipate no impact on the IAEA’s safeguards verification activities.”

According to a spokesman for Iran’s atomic agency, the building was constructed in 2013. However, work was suspended at the plant in 2015 pursuant to the JCPOA nuclear deal. When the United States unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018 operations were renewed. The spokesman said that the fire had damaged “precision and measuring instruments” at the facility.

There was “no nuclear material [at the building] and no potential of pollution,” the spokesman for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization Behrouz Kamalvandi told state television. Kamalvandi said no radioactive material or personnel were present.

He noted that the cause was being investigated, and said the fire had led to “some structural damage.”

There was “no interruption to the work of the enrichment site itself,” which “is working at the pace it used to,” Kamalvandi said. LINK

Although the incident was described as an “accident” and the damage caused was dismissed as not substantial, Iranian officials subsequently warned that Iran would weigh its response to “hostile countries” if it was determined that they were responsible for the explosion.

Hours after the announcement, Iran’s state news agency IRNA published an editorial warning that “if there are signs of hostile countries crossing Iran’s red lines in any way, especially the Zionist regime (Israel) and the United States, Iran’s strategy to confront the new situation must be fundamentally reconsidered.”

IRNA also reported that unnamed Israeli social media accounts had claimed the Jewish state was responsible for the “sabotage attempts.”

It stressed that Iran had tried “to prevent escalations and unpredictable situations while defending its position and national interests”.

Several contradictory accounts have since appeared in Western media purporting to explain the cause of the fire. According to a report by the BBC, the fire was set by a group of dissident Iranian officers.

The New York Times quoted an unnamed Middle Eastern intelligence official saying an explosion had taken place as the result of a bomb planted inside the facility. “The blast was caused by an explosive device planted inside the facility,” the Times quoted the official saying, and “destroyed much of the aboveground parts of the facility where new centrifuges… are balanced before they are put into operation.”

Asked about reports of the incident at a press conference Thursday evening, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brushed aside the question: “I don’t address these issues,” he said.

In Washington, the State Department said that US officials were “monitoring reports of a fire at an Iranian nuclear facility.” It added: “This incident serves as another reminder of how the Iranian regime continues to prioritize its misguided nuclear program to the detriment of the Iranian people’s needs.” LINK

While it remains impossible to identify the cause of the incidents for the moment, presumably US and Israeli officials are well satisfied with the sequence of destructive mishaps afflicting Iran. No doubt the psychological war of nerves, information and misinformation will continue.

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  • Ashok Varma

    Iran is facing a sustained terrorism campaign on soft civilian targets and the US and Zionist regime has failed to dent its military programs. These are the last acts of desperation.

  • Assad must stay

    ok this is really pissing me off iran needs to do something and fast!!!!

    • Bobby Twoshoes

      I share your frustration but Iran isn’t like the Yanks and Yids, they act on facts not presumption and hatred. If there is credible evidence they will come up with a response that actually achieves a strategic aim, not the petty tit-for-tat terrorism on a whim their enemies engage in.

      • Assad must stay

        hope so

        • Zionism = EVIL

          When you get to my age you will appreciate patience ;)

          • Assad must stay

            haha i hope so, thanks for the reassuring comments :)

      • Cromwell

        If it is terrorism the response needs to be massive.

        • d’Artagnan

          Iranians are civilized and cautious by nature and will respond in time. If the U.S. outlaw regime could have brought Iran, and the strengthening Axis of resistance to its knees, it would not have hesitated for a moment. These are meaningless pin pricks in the big strategic game, which Iran is obviously winning.

      • Zionism = EVIL

        Persians invented chess and polo and the game is already in checkmate phase as the Americunts are kaput.

    • Zionism = EVIL

      Ok kiddies, time for a reality check. The Americunt arseholes are imploding and these acts of random terrorism are signs of desperation if anything. Even the Jew cunts in the Americunt bankrupt treasury openly acknowledge that Iran has emerged stronger from US economic warfare. And most importantly, Iran has won the great game and is about to sign a world changing 25 year Strategic Deal with China. Just wait and see that amount of high tech weaponry that is coming in along with industrial development. A fire is show factory is hardly going to bring down the 3.000 year old Iranian state. This is just sheer desperation as the Zionist parasites and Americunts bite the dust.

  • Wizzy

    Why is Iran insisting on calling these incidents accidents? This is definitely sabotage. Is this their way of saying ”we shall respond our way”?

    • d’Artagnan

      Iran needs to calibrate a more robust response as during the Ahmadinejad era. Rouhani is not taken seriously, and neither is the perpetually smiling Zarif. Iranian people now want action.

      • Free man

        “Iranian people now want action.” – They are acting. The Iranian underground movement fighting the mullahs regime is growing stronger.

        • d’Artagnan

          Spam is the not the answer. You are even more desperate than the terrorists.

          • Free man

            Nobody buys the nonsense that CIA Mosad agents run around in Iran and blow up factories. The mullahs regime is killing the protesters, so now the young guys are blowing up and burning things.
            But the protests will soon start again. The mullahs regime cannot forever incarcerate the anger and frustration of the Iranian people.

          • Swift Laggard II

            why would Iranians blow up their own factories? how does that help them? only foreign agents can do such things

          • Free man

            Iranian citizens are angry and frustrated. When the mullahs regime prevents them from expressing their anger in legitimate ways like demonstrations. They express their anger in other ways.

          • Garga

            You don’t know the first thing about Iran, do you? Parroting MeK bulletins doesn’t count as legitimate knowledge.
            But we know it. I live here. @d’Artagnan comes here regularly (and he’s not even a Shi’a but sees what’s going on with his own eyes). You on the other hand, see through the eyes of a bunch of people who don’t know anything about Iran and haven’t been in Iran for decades.

            I sincerely suggest you learn Persian (speaking and writing) first, then learn a bit about Iran and finally “then” talk about Iran.

            Or don’t.and choose to keep making an ass of yourself.
            Yes, I’m pro-choice like that. Hishki nimitoone messe man poro-choys bashe!

          • Free man

            You have written here that the Natanz Centrifuge building was in a public area and anyone could reach it. And that it was damaged by a fire in the area. Isn’t that so?
            You wrote here that MEK is paying Iranian young people to burn things. Isn’t that so?
            I think some of these accidents are just accidents. But some of the fires and explosions are the result of action by Iranian regime opponents.
            You guys can play it down, deny and lie as usual. But reality is reality.

          • Garga

            What I wrote actually:

            About Natanz I wrote this particular building is not is restricted area.
            About Parchin I wrote the bush scortch was done by fire and not explosion, also not in restricted area.
            I said I saw a video from a MeK channel in which, an idiot claimed responsibility for hiring people inside Iran to set fire on remote areas and boasted a lot of bush fires are their doing.

            I also think many of these incidents are just accidents but some of them might be the work of some trained saboteurs paid by foreigners.

          • Free man

            A building where uranium enrichment centrifuges are manufactured cannot be in “not restricted area”.
            I do not rule out the possibility that the Iranian underground movement is receiving some assistance from foreigners.
            But basically what you wrote is not much different than what I wrote. So why are you so upset with what I write?

          • Garga

            Now you are overtly baiting and trolling.
            برو این دام بر مرغ دگر نه

          • Free man

            LOL.
            Have a nice evening Mr Garga.

          • zman

            He doesn’t really know anything about Iran and doesn’t want (or need) to. His job does not require knowing a damn thing. All he has to do is spew the BS that he does to collect his shekels. People here would be far better off to block the chump and not give the ZS (zionist scum) a platform to push his propaganda BS and outright lies. There are real people here that deserve the time wasted on paid trolls like him. Everyone here should know by now who and what he is…why give him what he wants…wasting time and effort on arguing with him? Block him and be done with him. Edit…he has no choice in the matter of making an ass of himself…it’s genetic.

          • Garga

            You are right. Done.

          • Rafik Chauhan

            You are MEk agent trying to instigate voilence in iran . but you dont know iranian people still . you are living in imagination world

          • Free man

            “You are MEk agent trying to instigate voilence in iran” – how exactly ? Iranians are blowing up and burning things in Iran regardless of me or you.

    • guest

      responding to kitchen fires is for the fire brigade…….

    • Garga

      Because these are (maybe the Natanz case is saboutage, we have to wait and see) accidents. see the pics for yourself:

      The latest one was in a facility that recharges Oxygen, Co2, LNG capsules. It is not strategic by any stretch of imagination. It is hot and unfortunately almost %100 of the workers working in such facilities don’t have enough education to know what they’re doing. They just do what they are told to do and sometimes get lazy or sloppy. May the victims rest in peace.

      https://www.farsnews.ir/photo/13990417000458/%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%81%D8%AC%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%82%D8%B1%D8%B4%D9%87%D8%B1

      And of course if Iran finds out it was an attack, Karma enters as a bitc# and do what she always has done in similar cases. It usually takes between 2-3 weeks for this version of Karma to kick in if the past is any indication.

  • Sayer

    There’s no way these are just cohencidences

    • Bobby Twoshoes

      Cohen is a Jewish name so I wouldn’t be so quick to rule out cohencidences, chances of coincidence are slim to none though. :)

      • zman

        Now that was good!

  • d’Artagnan

    This is an insidious “maximum pressure” campaign to destabilize Iran as all other US and Zionist attempts have failed. They are desperate and want a regime change in Iran, however, besides planting bombs in small soft civilian targets, they have yet to make an impact or bend the will of Iranian people. The US is basically in severe strife domestically and globally, and to deflect from its failures it is targeting Iran, the other potential targets are Russia and China, both of whom face similar tactics after the escalating sanctions phase. It is time for these nations to close ranks and thwart US murderous and illegal undeclared war.

    • zman

      Both Russia and China have already been targeted. Chechen ‘uprising’=KSA/Mossad/CIA op. China…Uyghurs supporting ISIS.

  • Lone Ranger

    If I had to guess these are either small cruise missiles fired from stealth drones or stealth kamikaze drones or directed energy weapons fired from an orbital weapons platform.

    • d’Artagnan

      More likely domestic traitors recruited to plant bombs in soft targets too. They do the same is Russia and tried that in China via Hong Kong “protests”. Ukraine is the terror base for anti-Russian activity.

    • Cromwell

      Some could be cyber attacks,or maybe internal terrorism.

      • guest

        a housewife overcooked?

  • Free man

    The Iranian underground movement fighting the mullahs regime is growing stronger.
    The protests will be back soon too, for the simple reason that most Iranian citizens do not earn enough to feed their family.

    • d’Artagnan

      For even a less than mediocre troll, you are really bottom of the barrel variety.

      • Free man

        Anger and hatred are not good for your heart.
        The Iranian people will prevail despite people like you.

        • d’Artagnan

          Iranian people did prevail in 1979.

          • Free man

            $ 1 = 215,000 real.
            Average salary in Iran = 44,800,000 IRR.
            Educate yourself before writing any more crap.

          • Zionism = EVIL

            LOL dumb cunt. ROFLMAO. It is RIAL and secondly that has nothing to do with anything.

          • Free man

            Any facts?
            Obviously not, just hatred and anger as usual.

          • Zionism = EVIL

            It is RIAL you ignorant UNEDUCATED CUNT :)

          • Free man

            Wipe the foam off your lips.
            You must have forgotten to take the pink pills again.

          • guest

            not having a good trolling day as usual??????????????????

          • guest

            iranians will use the $$ to go shopping at SAKS 5th Avenue? it is PPP that counts.

          • Free man

            You and your friends here recite the same nonsense.
            check how much it costs to rent a one room apartment in Tehran. check how much one kilo of meat costs in Iran. Then you might understand why the Iranian people are angry at the mullahs regime.
            Or you know the answers but still you continue to recite the propaganda of the mullahs regime.

          • Garga

            Oh, Iranians are angry for the economic hardship alright, but they are angry at:
            1-US illegal sanctions and it’s cronies following suit
            2- president Rohani’s inability (or lack of will) to handle anything.

            A lot of us would be happy if tomorrow Rohani no longer is president but we won’t exchange our republic (mulla or no mulla) with anything the the US or it’s cronies suggest, Thankfully we still have the Iran-lover Ayatollah Khamenei.

            ====

            But don’t listen to my nonsense, dance and sing: “Next year we celebrate in Tehran!!”

          • Free man

            Who determined that Rouhani would run for Iran’s presidency?
            Who decides that Ahmadinejad will run for Iran’s presidency?
            Why is it that the Iranian presidents fail one after the other but whoever appointed them never fails?

          • Garga

            Idiots like me put them in office. If you understood Persian, there’s your answer:
            پشت دستم رو میگزم، اما خودکرده را تدبیر نیست

            There’s our main difference: You think Iranian presidents or PMs or other elected officials are “appointed”, while they are elected by people. There was a time when the FM, senators and PMs were appointed by the Shah, but that era is long gone. Update yourself, will ya?

          • Free man

            The supreme leader decides who will run for the Iranian presidency and who can be elected to the majlis. But to you guys, he is never wrong.

          • Pork

            So what you’re saying is sell your country to outsiders so you can buy steak for less.
            Be resourceful, fool.

      • Zionism = EVIL

        The PUNK is a loser Jew cunt, not worth it amigo.

  • verner

    a jew orchestrated attack on Iran, nothing else. but it won’t be enough to unsettle the Iranian government or get the Iranian drive towards the Med and Palestine off course. the better part is that Iran and its leadership will be even more determined that the criminally corrupt jews in palestine need to go once and for all. a good part of mankind is increasingly aware that the world can’t house the jews and they will have to be the ones taken off the face of earth and remember, they’ve brought this on themselves so no reason to shed a tear for the jewry, ever again.

  • guest

    I suggest SF not publish every kitchen fire in Iran. Just saying…..

  • chris chuba

    I think the U.S. is throwing around money to find people to sabotage things inside Iran. Both military targets and civilian targets are valuable because it ‘undermines and destroys the credibility of the regime’. That most Iranians will suffer does not matter to the evil psychopaths in my country.

    Brian Hook has already offered bribes to steal from Iran and money all we have to offer. Israel is hinting that they are involved to shield us. We are more exposed and it really is the least they can do for us.

    I’m certain that Iran will investigate this thoroughly like they did the ISIS attack. Thank goodness they don’t respond impulsively like we do.