An unmanned aircraft attacked a research center at the Parchin military site in Iran this week, the New York Times reported Friday, after Iran claimed it was a “work accident.”
According to the report, the UAV was apparently aimed at the military facility when a young engineer who worked at the site exploded and killed another person. In addition, another person was injured in the incident. It also reported that missiles, nuclear technology, and UAVs were developed at the facility.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but according to the American network, it “fits the pattern of past Israeli attacks on Iran and Lebanon.” Iran’s Defense Ministry said it considered the incident an assault, not a work accident. Israel did not respond to a report.
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Last night, the Iranian news agency Fares confirmed that an engineer died and another worker was injured in an accident at a research center at the Parchin military site, an affiliate with the Iranian Ministry of Defense. Perchin Province is home to several factories and sites for military experiments, some of which are linked to the Iranian nuclear program.
Meanwhile, last Wednesday, the New York Times reported that Israel had confirmed to the United States that it was the one behind the assassination of senior Revolutionary Guards official Hassan Siad Khoudayari earlier this week. Even though Israel didn’t admit it publicly, an intelligence source told the Times that Israel had approved the issue.
According to the source, Khoudayari’s assassination was intended to send a message to Iran that it must stop the operations of Quds Force 840, which has the responsibility of kidnapping and assassinating Iran’s enemies worldwide, including civilians and officials in Israel. According to Israel, the senior who was marked and eventually eliminated was the unit’s deputy commander, who, according to the Times, has been responsible for actions and attempts to harm Israelis in the past two years. Iran has never officially revealed that there is a unit called “Quds Force 840”.