19 April 2024

Iranian authorities reported that air defence systems in Esfahan had downed “suspicious objects”, without causing casualties or damage, while unnamed Israel officials confirmed an Israeli strike against a military air base in response to Iran’s 13 April attack on Israel. Reports citing unnamed U.S. officials indicated that Israel had fired “three missiles… targeting an air defence radar site near Esfahan that’s part of the protection of the Natanz nuclear facility”; the official was cited as indicating that the operation “was intended to send a signal to Iran that Israel has these capabilities, but was not looking to escalate the situation”. The IAEA confirmed “no damage to Iran’s nuclear sites”, urging “extreme restraint from everybody… nuclear facilities should never be a target in military conflicts”. 

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