Israel fires missile at second drone from Syria this week

A Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion helps searching the Sea of Galilee coasts for remains of a reported drone launched from Syria and intercepted by a Patriot missile on July 11, 2018, near the Ha-On kibbutz, northeastern Israel. (AFP)
Updated 13 July 2018

Israel fires missile at second drone from Syria this week

  • Israel's military says that for the second time this week it has fired a Patriot missile at an unmanned aircraft that approached the country's border from Syria.
  • On Wednesday, a drone traveled about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) inside Israeli territory before it was shot down.

JERUSALEM: Israel's military says that for the second time this week it has fired a Patriot missile at an unmanned aircraft that approached the country's border from Syria.
The military did not immediately have additional details.
On Wednesday, a drone traveled about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) inside Israeli territory before it was shot down. That incident came as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Moscow for talks with Vladimir Putin about Syria and Iran. Russia has been a key ally of the Syrian government in its civil war.
The military targeted Syrian military positions Thursday in response.
Last month, Israel fired a missile at a drone that approached its airspace near the Syrian frontier, and in February Israel shot down what it said was an Iranian drone that entered its airspace. It bombed Iranian targets in Syria in response.

 


Chlorine gas leak at plant sickens 70 in southeast Iran

Updated 04 July 2020

Chlorine gas leak at plant sickens 70 in southeast Iran

  • Most of the workers at the Karun petrochemical center in the city of Mahshahr in southeast Khuzestan province were released after undergoing medical treatment
  • Meanwhile, in the city of Ahvaz, also in Khuzestan, a fire at the Zergan power plant was ignited when a transformer exploded

TEHRAN, Iran: A chlorine gas leak at a petrochemical center in southeast Iran sickened 70 workers, state-run IRNA news agency reported Saturday.
Most of the workers at the Karun petrochemical center in the city of Mahshahr in southeast Khuzestan province were released after undergoing medical treatment.
Meanwhile, in the city of Ahvaz, also in Khuzestan, a fire at the Zergan power plant was ignited when a transformer exploded, IRNA reported Saturday.
The blaze was contained by firefighters after two hours of battling the blaze.
Mohammad Hafezi, the power plant’s health and safety manager, told IRNA the cause of the fire was under investigation.
The two incidents in Iran’s oil-rich Khuzestan come after a fire and explosion at a centrifuge production plant above Iran’s underground Natanz nuclear enrichment facility early Thursday.
Officials said the cause of the fire at Natanz is known to officials, but won’t be immediately released for “security reasons.”
On Tuesday, an explosion from a gas leak in a medical clinic in northern Tehran killed 19 people.