שריפה אש ספינה ספינות ב איראן בושהר
Remains of burning ships in Bushehr
Remains of burning ships in Bushehr

Report: At least seven ships catch fire at Iranian port

State news agency doesn’t say what started the blaze in Bushehr, the province housing the Islamic Republic’s only nuclear plant; incident is latest in a recent series of fires and accidents at key Iranian installations

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Published: 07.15.20 , 17:16
At least seven ships have caught fire at the Iranian port of Bushehr, the Tasnim news agency reported on Wednesday, in what appeared to be the latest in a series of unexplained incidents around nuclear and industrial installations since late June.
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  • No casualties have been reported, the agency said.
    שריפה אש ספינה ספינות ב איראן בושהרשריפה אש ספינה ספינות ב איראן בושהר
    Remains of burning ships in Bushehr
    There have been several explosions and fires around Iranian military, nuclear and industrial facilities since late June, including a fire at Iran's underground Natanz nuclear facility on July 2.
    Natanz is the centerpiece of Iran's enrichment program, which Tehran says is for peaceful purposes. Western intelligence agencies and the UN's nuclear watchdog (IAEA) believe it had a coordinated, clandestine nuclear arms program that it halted in 2003. Tehran denies ever seeking nuclear weapons.
    Iran's top security body said on July 3 that the cause of the Natanz fire had been determined but would be announced at a later time. Some Iranian officials have said it may have been cyber sabotage and one of them warned that Tehran would retaliate against any country carrying out such attacks.
    שריפה אש ספינה ספינות ב איראן בושהרשריפה אש ספינה ספינות ב איראן בושהר
    Firefighters putting out a burning ship in Bushehr
    (Photo: AFP)
    In an article in early July, state news agency IRNA addressed what it called the possibility of sabotage by enemies such as Israel and the United States, although it stopped short of accusing either directly.
    Defense Minister Benny Gantz said last week that Israel is not "necessarily" behind every mysterious incident in Iran, after a fire at the Natanz nuclear site prompted some Iranian officials to say it was the result of cyber sabotage.
    In May, Israel’s national cyber chief officially acknowledged the country had thwarted a major cyber attack against its water systems, an assault widely attributed to arch-enemy Iran, calling it a “synchronized and organized attack” aimed at disrupting key national infrastructure.

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