Iran blames Israel for drone attack, threatens retaliation

DUBAI – Iran on Thursday formally blamed Israel for a drone attack that targeted a military workshop in its central city of Isfahan over the weekend, warning it “reserves its legitimate and inherent right” to retaliate.

Iran’s mission to the United Nations, in a letter it published on its website, attributed the attack late Saturday to Israel.

“Early investigations suggest that the Israeli regime was responsible for this attempted act of aggression,” the letter signed by Iranian ambassador Amir Saeid Iravani said.

Israeli officials declined to comment. However, Israel has carried out a series of attacks targeting Iran’s nuclear program and other sites since the collapse of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

Details on the Isfahan attack, which happened around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, still remain scarce days after the assault. A Defense Ministry statement described three drones being launched at the facility, with two of them successfully shot down. A third apparently made it through to strike the building, causing “minor damage” to its roof and wounding no one, the ministry said.

The state-run IRNA news agency later described the drones as “quadcopters equipped with bomblets.” Quadcopters, which get their name from having four rotors, typically operate from short ranges by remote control. Iranian state television later aired footage of debris from the drones, which resembled commercially available quadcopters.

It remains unclear what the workshop produced.

Iravani’s letter to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the Security Council warned Tehran could respond to the attack.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran reserves its legitimate and inherent right…to defend its national security and respond resolutely to any threats or wrongful actions by the Israeli regime, wherever and whenever deemed necessary,” the letter read.

Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

You May Also Like
Man stabbed mother of toddler found in alligator's jaws 100 times

Man stabbed mother of toddler found in alligator’s jaws 100 times

Thomas Mosley was arrested Friday night after police found his missing toddler…
One woman dead, three transported to hospital after overnight storms in Madison County

One woman dead, three transported to hospital after overnight storms in Madison County

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A storm that tracked through northern Madison…
Vivek Ramaswamy calls DeSantis "uncourageous" over delayed support of Trump before his indictment

Vivek Ramaswamy calls DeSantis “uncourageous” over delayed support of Trump before his indictment

Vivek Ramaswamy, the conservative author and pharmaceutical company entrepreneur who launched a…
59-year-old man found dead in Shelby County

Birmingham police on scene of homicide investigation

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Birmingham Police Department is on the scene…
Reason for That Trump Grand Jury Delay: Case May Be in Big Trouble

50 Years of Federal Investigations of Trump, Yet 'The Donald' Still Stands

The mere mention of “Trump” instantaneously causes a reaction in tens of…
Teenager Shot, Killed after Birthday Party

Teenager Shot, Killed after Birthday Party

Jacksonville, FL – A teenager was shot and killed early Saturday morning,…
The Pulitzer Prize Dis-Honors: Tiger's Tampon Joys , Racist Helicopter Noise, and Ribald Roman Toys

The Pulitzer Prize Dis-Honors: Breakfast Tips, Martian Bricks, DeSantis Tricks

Our weekly recognition of less-than-meritorious excellence in journalism worthy of a skewed…
Jacksonville police officer shot near Morse Avenue

Man shot in Moncrief Park area on Saturday morning

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A man was shot on Saturday morning in the…