IAEA Equipment in Iran Damaged by Israeli Attack in June

An Israeli drone reportedly struck an Iranian nuclear facility in the city of Karaj and damaged IAEA cameras

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a report that some of its surveillance equipment in Iran was damaged in an apparent Israeli attack on an Iranian nuclear facility.

The attack on a building in the Iranian city of Karaj took place in June and was reportedly carried out with a drone. Iran initially downplayed the incident but later blamed it on Israel and said some damage had been done.

The IAEA said the attack destroyed one of its cameras and badly damaged another, impeding the agency’s ability to monitor the facility.

Like most covert Israeli attacks, Israel has not officially taken credit for this incident. But one day after the attack, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett hinted that Israel carried it out. “Our enemies know — not from statements, but from actions — that we are much more determined and much more clever, and that we do not hesitate to act when it is needed,” he said.

The building in Karaj is used to produce centrifuges and was reportedly on a list of targets Israel presented to the Trump administration in early 2020. Sources told The New York Times that other targets included Mohsen Fakrizadeh, the Iranian scientist who was killed in November 2020, and Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility, which has been attacked twice since early 2020.

The IAEA report gave a scathing review of Iran’s recent nuclear activity, ignoring the fact that Tehran is no longer bound by the 2015 nuclear deal. Western media jumped on this aspect of the report while the fact that Israel destroyed IAEA equipment in a brazen attack was barely reported.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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