"By targeting Iran strategic and economic sites, the aim is to bring Iran's economy to its knees and force the regime to stop financing militia groups and change course in the Middle East.". @sfrantzman provided a map of various "mysterious fires and explosions between June 26" and July 17. 26 June: Blast at a liquid fuel production facility for ballistic missiles in Khojir, close to Parchin, near Tehran; fire at power plant in Shiraz, causing a blackout, 30 June: Explosion at a medical clinic in Tehran, 19 people killed, 2 July: Blast and fire at Natanz nuclear site, 4 July: Explosion and fire in power plant in Ahwaz; chlorine gas leak at Karoun petrochemical plant in Mahshahr. For years, those activists have lamented that environment institutions are kept underfunded due to the official mindset, which typically has too many other sectors to prioritize. .css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link{color:inherit;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{color:#696969;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:focus,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:focus{color:#B80000;-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link::after,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited::after{content:'';position:absolute;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;left:0;z-index:2;}Iran nuclear: Natanz fire caused 'significant' damage, Iran nuclear: 'Incident' at Natanz uranium enrichment facility. Wildfires broke out in southwestern Iran during the last week of May and clawed their path up north and west, spreading across much of the Zagros Mountains and leaving behind a trail of irreparable destruction to the already endangered environment. Just a day earlier, Israel's foreign minister responded obliquely when asked if Israel was behind the incident, saying "our actions in Iran better left unsaid". Several hours later, Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation announced there had been an incident at the Natanz nuclear plant, but they ruled out sabotage. On Sunday, an unnamed "Middle Eastern intelligence official" told the New York Times Israel had caused the blast at Natanz. Currently a senior fellow at Yale and a visiting professor at the London Imperial College, Madani, addressing the recent wildfires, relentlessly criticized Iranian authorities he said were “doing nothing” and sitting idly by as mere “onlookers.”. A large fire broke out in the Iranian city of #Shiraz, according to videos circulating on social media, amid a recent series of mysterious fires and explosions in the Islamic Republic. Wildfires broke out in southwestern Iran during the last week of May and clawed their path up north and west, spreading across much of the Zagros Mountains and leaving behind a trail of irreparable destruction to the already endangered environment. The country has witnessed a series of unexplained explosions and fires since late June, with many Iran watchers pointing a finger at Israel and the United States. 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In the past three months there have been an increasing number of mysterious incidents which have damaged sensitive sites in Iran. Photos and videos quickly went viral of the threatened animals, including of partridge chickens desperately seeking shelter under rocks. After dayslong exchanges, the Planning and Budget Organization, as the higher authority allocating each government institution their share of the state budget, intervened by agreeing to shoulder half the amount owed by the Forests Organization. In a rare acknowledgement, Iran's state news agency Irna said the fire at Natanz could have been the result of sabotage "by hostile countries, especially the Zionist regime [Israel] and the US". The attack caused a massive blockage of water in the canals and flooded roads leading to the terminal. Iran nuclear deal: Why do the limits on uranium enrichment matter? Hours after local officials reported that the fires had been extinguished and controlled on Saturday, the Governor oh Kohgiloyeh and Boyerahmad Province said that the fires had once again begun raging in the forest, killing many of the resident animals. TEHRAN, Iran -- A fire in a petrochemical factory in southwestern Iran on Thursday led to the death of one worker and injured four others, Iranian state TV reported.. Local activists, some of had worked to extinguish the fires nearly barehanded, called for an institutional response, including the use of helicopters and air tankers. Iran says it will abandon nuclear deal as tensions mount. The fires could also have a negative effect on water resources, which are fast dwindling in Iran. And what could be done in the future to avert such a blow? Time running out as Brexit trade talks restart. All rights reserved. TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A fire in a petrochemical factory in southwestern Iran on Thursday led to the death of one worker and injured four others, Iranian state TV reported. The group said it was composed of dissidents within Iran's military and security forces and that they had been behind numerous attacks that the Iranian authorities had so far concealed from the public. Iran nuclear: Natanz fire caused 'significant' damage, 'Change has arrived’: Why Thailand is in crisis. Part of the problem is that many people who fight for the environment have repeatedly faced accusations of advancing a political agenda “under the guise” of protecting nature. Preparing this kind of statement and video requires hours, if not days, of planning. On Monday, there was a fire at an industrial zone near the north-eastern city of Mashhad. An Iranian warship was hit by a "friendly fire" missile during naval exercises, killing 19 sailors, state media and the army said Monday, amid tensions with the US in Gulf waters. The UK warns chances of a breakthrough are "receding", as it negotiates with the EU over business rules. Wildfires have burned down an estimated 2,000 locations in Iran’s forests in recent months, particularly in the Zagros Mountains’ forests and the protected forests in southwestern Iran. Mohammad Dasmeh, who has been involved in volunteer work as the secretary of a local nongovernmental organization and is an environmental lawyer in Khuzestan province, complained that no such helicopters were dispatched to the fire sites despite all the distress calls for several days. Iranian port city of Bushehr. Under Iran's laws, the country’s Defense Ministry and other armed forces are obliged to come to the rescue of the Forests Organization, affiliated to the Agriculture Ministry, at times of all disasters, including wildfires. Here's what you can now access. A fire that broke out on Thursday at a key Iranian nuclear facility has caused "significant damage", a spokesman for Iran's nuclear energy body has said. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. According to Masoud Mansour, the head of the Forests Organization, the Defense Ministry refused to dispatch its firefighting helicopters because the department had failed to pay off its accumulated debts of 300 billion rials (approximately $1.7 million calculated on the free market exchange rate). The flames have died down, but there is a heated debate among Iranians about the wildfires.