A Saudi newspaper quoted a world-renowned expert who claimed that there was agreement among researchers about the mysterious pizzas at the rocket base • "He suffered a deliberate injury"
The area hit by an explosion in Parchin (in black) // Photo: IP
Saudi Arabia's English-language newspaper Arab News published a comprehensive interview with a senior Middle East analyst today, claiming that there is a consensus among the community that the explosion on Friday at the Parchin base near the Iranian capital Tehran is a sabotage.
"Although military accidents and the military industry do occur in Iran, there is agreement around the explosion in Parchin that this is a cyber attack against Israel," Dr. Theodore Krasik, an expert on the Washington Gulf Studies Institute, told the Saudi newspaper.
"The ongoing cyber war between Israel and Iran is nothing new. Iran's cyber warfare hit infrastructure in Israel in April, especially in water and sewerage facilities. Israel responded a month later and hit military and port industries. They attacked the port of Haid Raji with the aim of disabling it." , The expert expanded.
The mysterious blast that shook Iran's capital on Thursday night from Thursday to Friday came from an area in eastern Tehran that analysts have hidden a subterranean tunnel system used to produce solid-fuel long-range missile propulsion - the AP reported yesterday, which even posted satellite imagery of the site before and after The blast.
On Thursday, around one o'clock in the night, a fierce explosion shook Tehran, sending a huge fireball into the sky, which was well-watched and documented on social media. The cause of the explosion was unknown for many hours. The next day, Tehran provided an official explanation for the incident, which was claimed by the Iranian government from an explosion in gas tanks, due to a leak.
The West doubts this explanation. On Iranian television, a reporter was facing what looked like large, charred gas balloons, but the television camera remained focused solely on "zoom in" on the balloons, and showed nothing else around the site. Iranian Defense Ministry spokesman David Abadi said the blast was caused by a gas leak and that no one was killed in the incident.
Expect: The site near Tehran before and after the blast
The AP mentions that the area is close to where international inspectors believe the Islamic Republic has conducted nuclear weapons experiments two decades ago. According to Abdi, the site where the blast occurred is "public space", which raises the question: why military officials rather than the civilian fire services took responsibility for the incident.
Satellite images of the site, some 20 miles east of Tehran, show a scorched area of hundreds of meters that was not visible in the area photos taken in the weeks before the incident. "The gas storage area is near what analysts describe as Hajir's missile facility in Iran," explains Fabian Heinz, a researcher at the James Martin Center for International Studies in Monterey, California. "The blast appears to hit the facility of industrial group Shahid Baker, who produces solid propellant rockets."