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Israel’s retaliatory strike on Iran: The critical hours ahead



As Israel launches a reported attack on Iran, experts warn of crucial moments in the unfolding situation.

Iranian media reports explosions in Isfahan province, south of Tehran, amid ongoing flight diversion. The U.S. government has informed American media outlets of Israel’s actions.

Little information is available about Israel’s retaliatory strike against Iran. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has remained silent. Reports from Iran indicate three heavy explosions near Isfahan, where a nuclear-weapons-grade uranium refining facility is located.

Tehran’s state-controlled media downplays the incident, claiming three intruding drones were tracked near Isfahan, with explosions and anti-aircraft gunfire observed near the International Airport. The uranium processing facility reportedly remains untouched, suggesting an air-defence radar site may have been the target.

It’s uncertain if this strike is Israel’s sole retaliation. Some analysts suggest it could be part of a larger plan, while others view it as a measured response. The attack contrasts with Iran’s recent missile barrage, targeting Israel’s Nevatim Air Base.

The true extent of Israel’s attack is obscured by Iran’s controlled media. Israeli F-35 stealth fighters or drones may have been used, with the U.S. reportedly warned in advance. Iran’s space agency spokesman dismissed the strike as a failed attempt using small drones.

Unconfirmed reports suggest drone attacks in Tabriz, northwest of Isfahan. Israel’s low-profile attack mirrors Iran’s assault but leaves the situation tense. Netanyahu’s government remains silent, while an Israeli analyst suggests the ball is now in Iran’s court.

The next steps from Tehran will be crucial in determining the path forward. The situation remains fluid, with uncertainty prevailing in the critical hours ahead.


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