A United States official on Sunday said that Israel could be behind the deadly drone attack on a military factory in Iran in the central city of Isfahan overnight.

Iran on Sunday claimed that drones struck a military factory near the central city of Isfahan, and said there were no casualties or serious damage, reported Reuters. 

While the extent of damage cannot be ascertained, Iranian media released footage showing a flash in the sky and emergency vehicles at the scene.

Pentagon spokesperson Brigadier General Patrick Ryder said no US military forces were involved in strikes in Iran, but declined to comment further.

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A US official told Reuters on condition of anonymity, that it appeared that Israel was involved. Several other US officials declined to comment, beyond saying that Washington played no role, reported Reuters.

After the drone attack on a military factory, Azerbaijan’s Embassy in Tehran, along with their families, have been evacuated from Iran.

According to the Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Germany, “After a deadly terrorist attack against Azerbaijan’s Embassy in Tehran, the Embassy staff & their family members have been evacuated from Iran. They’ve just arrived in Baku.”

Arch-foe Israel has long said it is willing to strike Iranian targets if diplomacy fails to curb Tehran’s nuclear or missile programmes, but it has a policy of withholding comment on specific incidents.

The attack came amid tension between Iran and the West over Tehran’s nuclear activity and its supply of arms – including long-range “suicide drones” – for Russia’s war in Ukraine, as well as months of anti-government demonstrations at home, reported Reuters. 

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