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Oman condemns alleged Israeli attack on Iran

April 19, 2024 at 9:38 am

A man watches tv reporter in Tehran, Iran after Iranian official TV confirms ‘massive explosions’ in central Isfahan province, as US officials confirm Israel carried out strike inside Iran, on April 19, 2024. [Fatemeh Bahrami – Anadolu Agency]

Oman today condemned an alleged Israeli attack in Iran’s central city of Isfahan following explosions in several Iranian cities.

A Foreign Ministry statement said the Gulf country denounces the repeated Israeli military assaults in the region.

The ministry called on the international community to “address the causes and roots of tension and conflict through dialogue, diplomacy and political solutions.”

It also called for focusing efforts on reaching a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and “resorting to international law and UN resolutions to reach a just and lasting solution to the Palestinian issue in order to restore security, stability and comprehensive peace in the entire region.”

Iranian state media said today that air defences were activated against suspicious objects in several cities, including the central province of Isfahan.

The semi-official Mehr News Agency said three drones were destroyed in the skies above Isfahan.

Iran’s state television confirmed “massive explosions” in Isfahan, but said no nuclear facilities were affected or targeted in the central city.

US media reports, citing officials, said that Israel had carried out a strike inside Iran.

There was no official Israeli comment on the reports.

Tension escalated between Iran and Israel after Tehran launched a drone and missile attack on Saturday in response to the 1 April attack on its consulate in Syria, in which seven military advisers were killed.

Israel, which has not formally taken responsibility for the consulate attack, has vowed a military response to Iran’s weekend attack.

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