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Natanz terror act

Iran’s intelligence ministry has released the picture of a man behind the recent sabotage incident at the country’s Natanz nuclear facility. The ministry has identified the perpetrator as Reza Karimi. He fled the country before the attack that Iran blames on Israel. The intelligence ministry says all necessary and legal steps for his arrest and return to the country are underway. Tehran says the act of sabotage was prompted by the Israeli regime’s anger over diplomatic efforts to revive the Iran nuclear deal. The sabotage on last Sunday disrupted the flow of power at the Natanz facility, causing a blackout there. Iranian officials have said that the attack did not caused any disruption to the enrichment process and that the damaged centrifuges will be replaced with more advanced ones.

Israel war crimes probe

Human Rights Watch has condemned the UK’s opposition to the International Criminal Court’s investigation into Israeli atrocities. The leading right group called British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s remark a brazen assault on ICC’s independence, saying the move is at odds with the rule of law. The rights group stressed that independence is key to the court’s legitimacy adding that as long as the court does its job, it will face opposition from those who fear accountability. Johnson clarified London’s position in a letter to the Conservative Friends of Israel group that was made public on Wednesday. The ICC commenced an investigation in March that will likely initially cover Israel’s illegal settlements in the West Bank and its alleged war crimes in the Gaza Strip.

Yemen Saudi Arabia attack

The Yemeni army says it has performed a successful drone strike against a sensitive military target at Saudi Arabia’s King Khalid air base. Yemeni army spokesman, Yahya Saree, said the strike was conducted by a Qassef 2K drone. The attack was a response to Saudi Arabia’s escalation of aggression and continued siege of Yemen. Saudi Arabia and its allies launched a deadly war on Yemen in 2015 to reinstate a friendly regime there. Yemeni forces have escalated retaliatory attacks. They are pushing for the lifting of a blockade and a halt to the aggression. The escalation comes amid increasing pressure from the international community on Saudi Arabia to end the war.

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