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UPDATE: US Confirms Israeli Air Strikes on Iran Base Near 'Nuclear Energy Mountain'

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JERUSALEM, Israel – Israel has reportedly struck targets in Iran in response to last weekend's unprecedented missile and drone attack against the Jewish state.

The Iranian Tasnim news agency reported the assault took place in the southeastern part of the city of Isfahan, near its "nuclear energy mountain."

Isfahan is the site of one of Iran's major nuclear sites that enriches uranium for the country's nuclear program. 

According to The Jerusalem Post reporting on X, the attack in Isfahan was carried out with "long-range missiles launched from aircraft, not drones or land-to-air missiles."

An Iranian official told Reuters, "There is no plan for an immediate response. It is not clear who is behind the attack."

An Iranian TV anchor, Gisoo Misha Ahmadi, downplayed the attack and quoted a military official in Isfahan.

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”He (the official) did confirm that there were some loud sounds that were heard in the east of the city of Isfahan and this was related to the air defense system – as we told you and our viewers before – triggered by the presence of three small drones that were present in that area.” 

Other reporters near Isfahan showed how quiet and normal Isfahan looked on local television and Iranian officials are also downplaying the incident.

Middle East expert Avi Melamed told CBN News Iran seems to be minimizing the story on purpose.

In Israel, citizens woke up Friday to the news of the strike. After the massive Iranian attack days ago, they anticipated some sort of retaliation would take place, although so far, Israel is not taking responsibility.

Unnamed U.S. officials apparently confirmed to American media sources that Israel carried out the strikes, but Israeli officials say they don't understand why the U.S. confirmed the attack.

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The strike on Isfahan took place on the 85th birthday of the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Meanwhile, some analysts believe the Israeli response was measured – only enough to answer Iran's belligerence from Sunday.

That's because Israel's military is preparing to enter the last stronghold of Hamas in the Gazan city of Rafah, to complete the goal of finishing off Hamas as a fighting force in the Gazan city of Rafah and neutralize the terror group's leadership, as well as to free the Hamas-held hostages;

Israeli troops are still operating in the central Gaza Strip, eliminating terrorists and striking military compounds, observation posts, and rocket launchers, as well as launching points. They've also destroyed 17 tunnel shafts.

For now, the world's focus is on the simmering tension between Israel and Iran, and what may come next.

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Julie Stahl

Julie Stahl is a correspondent for CBN News in the Middle East. A Hebrew speaker, she has been covering news in Israel fulltime for more than 20 years. Julie’s life as a journalist has been intertwined with CBN – first as a graduate student in Journalism; then as a journalist with Middle East Television (METV) when it was owned by CBN from 1989-91; and now with the Middle East Bureau of CBN News in Jerusalem since 2009. As a correspondent for CBN News, Julie has covered Israel’s wars with Gaza, rocket attacks on Israeli communities, stories on the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and