PortandTerminal.com, July 18, 2020
UPDATE: JULY 19, 2020 12:11 UTC – TankerTrackers.com is reporting that they see NO evidence on satellite imagery of the pipeline blast in Iran widely reported in media yesterday.
If they are correct, then yesterday’s reports add another layer of mystery to the recent string of verified mysterious explosions in Iran. We will be updating this story as new information surfaces.
TEHRAN – An oil pipeline explosion today was captured on film in Ahwaz in the western Khuzestan Province in Iran, according to Iranian media. No official report though has confirmed that the oil pipeline was the source of the explosion as of yet.
This latest incident is the eleventh mysterious explosion to have occurred in Iran since late June. The explosions’ locations have ranged from nuclear enrichment facilities, missile sites, petrochemical centers, power plants and medical clinics.
The Iranian government has denied reports of explosions in its missile sites while acknowledging damage to its largest nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz.
On Wednesday, two fires broke out in Iran, one of which took place in the Delvar Shipyard of the port city of Bushehr.
A few days before that, a fire broke out at the South Aluminum Corporation in Lamerd due to an “oil leak,” according to the Iranian Mehr News Agency.
Meanwhile, Iran’s air defense systems are on high alert in recent days, according to a CNN report on Friday, citing a “US official closely tracking developments.”
Some Western and Iranian officials stated the cause of explosions to be Israeli cyber attacks and covert US and Israeli strikes. A group calling itself the Homeland Panthers claimed responsibility for the explosion at the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility.
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