ABC News reports that Israeli missiles hits a location in Iran

Israeli airstrikes reportedly struck a site in Iran, as per an ABC News report late on Thursday, citing a US official. This development coincided with Iranian state media’s coverage of an explosion in the country’s center, following Iran’s recent drone strike on Israel.

Reports from Reuters couldn’t immediately confirm the incidents. Iran’s Fars news agency mentioned an explosion heard at an airport in Isfahan, without specifying the cause. Consequently, Iran suspended flights over Isfahan, Shiraz, and Tehran, according to state media.

Isfahan province hosts several Iranian nuclear facilities, including Natanz, a key site for Iran’s uranium enrichment program. Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport ceased all flights until 7:00 GMT, as per a notice to airmen on a US Federal Aviation Administration database.

Some Emirates and Flydubai flights altered their routes away from Iranian airspace early on Friday, as depicted by flight paths on tracking website Flightradar24.

Israel had pledged retaliation following Iran’s drone and missile attack over the weekend, purportedly in response to an Israeli strike on its embassy compound in Syria. Most of Iran’s drones and missiles were intercepted before reaching Israeli territory.

Observers and analysts have voiced concerns about the Israel-Gaza conflict escalating regionally.

Iran urged the United Nations Security Council to compel Israel to halt further military actions against its interests, while the UN secretary-general cautioned of heightened danger in the Middle East.

Oil prices surged upon reports of the Israeli airstrikes, with Brent crude futures climbing 2% to $88.86 a barrel. Concurrently, the dollar saw broad gains, gold rose 1%, and S&P 500 futures dipped 1%.

Israel initiated its offensive on Gaza after an attack by Palestinian Islamist group Hamas on October 7, resulting in casualties on both sides. Iran-backed factions have expressed solidarity with Palestinians, launching attacks from Lebanon, Yemen, and Iraq.

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