At least 9 were injured in the blast at Sepahan Nargostar Chemical Industries in Ira. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on Thursday said the explosives-laden “suicide” drone (UAV) downed by the Israeli Defense Forces was launched by Iran from either Syria or Iraq.
Times of Israel (h/t Frederic F) Nine factory workers were injured and transferred to the hospital, he added. The blast occurred at Sepahan Nargostar Chemical Industries at 4 a.m. local time (2330 GMT) due to “unclear reasons still being investigated,” said Mansour Shisheforoush, head of the province’s crisis management organization.
The company manufactures “industrial-commercial explosive materials” and was established in 1941, according to its website. According to The Guardian, the plant produces drones.
The blast comes days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday said a “suicide drone” downed by the Israel Defense Forces earlier this week was launched by Iran and was armed with explosives. According to the premier, the drone was made by Iran and launched by Iranian forces toward Israel from either Syria or Iraq.
Video released by the Israeli military shows an F-16 targeting the drone before knocking it out with a missile. The so-called “suicide drone” was carrying roughly 11 pounds (five kilograms) of explosives, the military said.
Until now, the IDF has largely remained mum on the incident, in which the UAV was brought down as it approached Israeli airspace near the city of Beit She’an in the predawn hours of Tuesday morning.
It would be the second time Iran has sent armed UAVs into Israel. In a similar case in 2018, a drone was flown from Syria into northern Israel before it was shot down by an Israeli helicopter. In response, the IDF launched a wave of strikes on Iranian assets in Syria.