Israel attacks Iran says US officials

A Loud blast heard near the Iranian city of Isfahan was caused by “air defense firing at a suspicious object,” an Iranian senior military commander said, according to Iran’s state-aligned Tasnim news agency.

There was no “damage or incident,” said senior military commander Second Brigadier General Mihandoust in Isfahan Province, according to Tasnim.

A US official told Legacy Daily that Israel had carried out a strike inside Iran. The Israeli military has not commented.

Iranian state media are reporting that all facilities in the area are secure, including significant nuclear facilities.

Three explosions were heard early Friday near the military base where fighter jets are located in the Isfahan province, Iran’s semi-official FARS news agency .

Israel has carried out a strike inside Iran, a US official told Legacy Daily today, in a move that threatens to further escalate conflict in the Middle East.

Iran’s air defense systems were activated in several locations after explosions were heard close to the airport and an army base in the province of Isfahan, state media reported early Friday morning.

Israel has not taken responsibility for the attack.

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Iran has lifted flight suspensions put in place after reports of explosions near a military base in Isfahan province, according to the spokesperson of the Civil Aviation Organization.

Flights have resumed at Mehrabad Airport and Imam Khomeini International Airport, the two major airports in Iran’s capital, Tehran, after being suspended earlier today.

Iran had earlier temporarily suspended all flights heading to the cities of “Tehran, Isfahan and Shiraz, the airports of the West, North West and South West,” state-run Mehr TV reported.

Outgoing flights were also briefly canceled.

A flight from Dubai to Tehran was diverted back to the United Arab Emirates on Friday morning after Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport closed.

A Flydubai spokesperson told CNN that flights from Dubai to Iran had been cancelled.

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke with Israeli Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant earlier Thursday about “regional threats and Iran’s destabilizing actions in the Middle East,” according to a Pentagon readout.

The call happened before Israel carried out a strike inside Iran. The Pentagon readout does not mention any discussion of Israel’s plans to attack.

Austin also discussed “the importance of increasing and sustaining the flow of humanitarian aid to Gazan civilians, including via the new route from Ashdod Port in Israel,” the readout said.

Legacy Daily reported last week that Israel had told the US that it would be retaliating against Iran in the coming days, according to a senior US official.

Iranian air defenses shot down three drones Friday, according to a Tehran official, as state media said no large-scale strikes or explosions had been reported following blasts near the central city of Isfahan.

It comes after a US official told Legacy Daily that Israel had carried out a strike inside Iran, in a move that threatens to raise regional tensions.

Iran’s air defense systems were activated in several regions as a precaution against potential aerial threats, according to state news agency IRNA.