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Syria censures botched Israeli drone strike on defense facility in central Iran

This video grab shows the moment when an MAV was targeted and exploded after it attacked one of the Defense Ministry’s workshops in the central Iranian city of Isfahan, on January 29, 2023.

Syria has strongly condemned an Israeli drone strike on a military workshop in the central Iranian city of Isfahan, which was repelled by the country’s air defense units, voicing its strong support for the Islamic Republic amid the occupying Tel Aviv regime’s hostile moves.

“Syria expresses its solidarity with Iran’s leadership, government, armed forces and nation in the face of fiendish bids that seek to target the country’s safety, prosperity and principled policies,” the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said in a statement published on its Tweeter page on Monday.

It added that Damascus “calls for the punishment of all those involved in the crime, which threatens the safety and stability of the region and the whole world, and holding them accountable for the cowardly act.”

In a statement early on Sunday, the Iranian Defense Ministry announced that its air defense units had fended off a drone attack on a military workshop in Isfahan.

The ministry said one of the workshop complexes had come under attack from a number of Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAVs), but the complex’s air defenses successfully repelled the attack.

The ministry underscored that the unsuccessful attack did not cause any loss of life and only led to minor damage to the roof of a workshop. The complex, it added, continues its ordinary operations following the attack.

The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed American officials and people familiar with the operation, later said in a report that “Israel carried out the drone attack on an Iranian military center for research and development midnight Saturday.”

The paper added that the attack targeted “what some sources said was Material and Energy Laboratory of Isfahan with ‘small drones’.”

The report claimed that the drones targeted a munitions factory next to a facility belonging to the Iran Space Research Center, which is under US sanctions for its work on ballistic missiles.

It underlined that the strike was the first to have been conducted by Israel since prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned to power last month. The report also pointed out that the failed drone attack came amid talks between Tel Aviv and Washington on new ways to “counter” Tehran.

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