A large fire broke out Saturday night at a steel factory in the southeast city of Zarand in Iran. It’s the latest in a mysterious string of blasts and ‘accidental’ blazes at sensitive sites to beset the Islamic Republic, raising questions of possible Israel sabotage akin to what happened a year ago in the summer of 2020. And there are further reports of other fires afflicting oil facilities throughout the country, as US-funded VOA News details: “Several oil facility fires have occurred in Iran’s southwestern Ahvaz region during the past 48 hours, Arab media reported Saturday. The reports came on the heels of a massive oil refinery fire this week in the capital, Tehran.” One Middle East news source reviews the recent string of fires and explosions hitting key Iranian assets as follows: Three days earlier, a major fire tore through the Tehran Oil Refining Company in the outskirts of the Iranian capital. Another explosion followed by a fire sank Iran’s largest naval vessel in the Sea of Oman, near it shores, on June 2. On May 23, nine people were injured in another blast at a plant producing explosive materials in central Iran… three days later, a pipeline explosion at a petrochemical complex near Iran’s Gulf coast left one dead. Below is last week’s massive blaze which engulfed one of Iran’s largest oil refineries just outside Tehran, on the same day the large warship Kharg sank… Iran’s largest warship caught fire Wednesday in the Gulf of Oman and sank under unclear circumstances.
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