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2020 Iran explosions

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2020 Iran explosions
Date25 June 2020 (2020-06-25) — present
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LocationIran
CauseUnknown
Deaths21
Non-fatal injuries74

The 2020 Iran explosions are a series of ongoing explosions in Iran, with undetermined causes of origin. First being reported on 25 June 2020, the explosions' locations have ranged from nuclear enrichment facilities,[1], missile sites,[2][3][4] petrochemical centers[5], power plants[6] and medical clinics.[7] Iranian government has denied reports of explosions in its missile sites while acknowledging damage to its largest nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz.[8][1]

Some Western and Iranian officials stated the cause of explosions to be Israeli cyber attacks and covert US and Israeli strikes.[9][10] A group calling itself the Homeland Panthers claimed responsibility for the explosion at the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility.[11] Iranian government vowed to retaliate if sabotage was confirmed in its Natanz nuclear facility.[12]

Timeline[edit source | edit]

Parchin explosion and Shiraz blackout[edit source | edit]

In the noon of 25 June 2020, an explosions hit in the Iranian military complex of Parchin, 30 kilometers southeast of the capital Tehran. Within the same hour a power outage affected half of the southern city of Shiraz; housing major military facilities. Iranian officials declared the explosion in Parchin to be gas storage accident. And said that an explosion had hit the power station in Shiraz causing the blackout.[13][8] Western analyst stated that the explosion in Parchin had occurred in a missile storage facility, with hidden nuclear detonation technology work.[2][14][3][4]

A western analyst claimed the explosion in Parchin to be caused by an Israeli cyberstrike.[15] While senior Iranian commander said he could not comment whether the explosion was a cyber attack until there was a conclusion on the issue.[16]

On 30 June 2020, American and Israeli officials speaking to The New York Times said they "had nothing to do with" the explosion in Parchin.[17]

Tehran clinic explosion[edit source | edit]

On 30 June 2020, an explosion occurred in the Sina At'har health center in the capital Tehran, killing 19 people including 15 women and 4 men. According to the deputy mayor of Tehran the explosion was caused by a leak from medical gas tanks in the building.[18][19]

On the same day a roadside bomb targeted two IRGC vehicles in southeastern Iran, wounding one Revolutionary Guard. According to an Iranian parliamentarian, Sunni militant group, Jaish ul-Adl took responsibility for the attack.[20]

Natanz nuclear enrichment facility explosion[edit source | edit]

On 2 July 2020, an explosion hit Iran's largest nuclear enrichment facility in the city of Natanz.[1] Destroying most of the above ground parts of the facility with advanced centrifuges used for enriching uranium. Iran admitted serious damage to its facility while Western analysts said the explosion had set back the Iranian nuclear program one to two years.[1][21]

A group calling itself "Homeland Panthers" claimed responsibility for the explosion.[11] While Western and Iranian officials stated the cause of explosions to be Israeli cyber attacks and short of war, clandestine US and Israeli strikes.[9][10] Iranian government vowed to retaliate if sabotage was confirmed in the explosion.[12]

Khuzestan explosions[edit source | edit]

On 4 July 2020, an explosion hit the Shahid Medhaj Zargan power plant in the city of Ahvaz. Meanwhile 70 people were injured following a chlorine gas leak at Karun petrochemical center in the city of Mahshahr, near Ahvaz.[22][23]

Baqershahr explosion[edit source | edit]

On 7 July 2020, 2 people were killed and 3 others were injured following an explosion inside an oxygen factory in the town of Baqershahr, south of the capital Tehran. Iranian state news agency said "human error" was the cause of the blast.[24]

According to Western analysts the factory was near the Iranian warehouse where Israeli allegedly found a nuclear archive in 2018. While some analysts claimed that the factory belongs to an Iranian automotive manufacturer that closely cooperates with the Iranian Ministry of Defense as well as the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.[25]

Tehran explosions[edit source | edit]

On 9 July 2020, an explosion was reported in western Tehran. Iranian officials denied that an explosion took place but admitted that power had been cut off in the area.[26]

According to western analysts the blast hit a missile facility/warehouse belonging to Revolutionary Guards. While analysts speaking to The New York Times said that the blast had hit an area with underground facilities, associated with chemical weapons research and an unidentified military production site.[27][28]

On 11 July 2020, a gas explosion shook a residential building in Tehran, injuring one person.[29]

Mahshahr petrochemical plant explosion[edit source | edit]

On 12 July 2020, an explosion hit the Tondgooyan petrochemical plant in southwest Iran, Iranian officials said the explosion occurred due to hot weather.[30]

Mashad explosion[edit source | edit]

On 13 July 2020, an explosion hit an industrial complex near northeastern Iranian city of Mashad. Iranian state media said the explosion occurred when a gas condensate storage tank exploded, and that the police were investigating the cause.[31]

See also[edit source | edit]

References[edit source | edit]

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