Iran's Ali Khamenei Brings Up 85th Birthday Amid Israel Conflict

The Israel-Iran conflict took a new turn Saturday after several media outlets, citing US officials, reported that Tel Aviv launched a missile strike on its ally-turned-foe early Friday. A Tehran official, however, told Reuters that the reported explosions in Isfahan were the result of the activation of Iran's air defense systems and no missiles had hit their cities.
Iran and Israel are involved in a conflict

Iran and Israel are involved in a conflict

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The Israel-Iran conflict took a new turn Saturday after several media outlets, citing US officials, reported that Tel Aviv launched a missile strike on its ally-turned-foe early Friday. A Tehran official, however, told Reuters that the reported explosions in Isfahan were the result of the activation of Iran's air defense systems and no missiles had hit their cities.
The reported explosions took place on Iran supremo Ali Khamenei's 85th birthday. He served as the third president of Iran from 1981 to 1989, before taking on as the country's supreme leader. The 85-year-old is the Middle East’s longest serving ruler.
Khamenei also holds the position of the Supreme Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard. He is yet to issue an official statement about the reported Israeli strikes.
Meanwhile, Iranian state media said that its forces had destroyed drones, days after Tehran launched a retaliatory drone strike on Israel. This came days after a suspected Israeli strike in Damascus killed 13 people, including three IRGC generals.
According to Iran's Fars news agency, three explosions were heard near an army base in Isfahan, where a nuclear facility is also located. Iranian state TV reported that "three drones were observed in the sky over Isfahan. The air defense system became active and destroyed these drones in the sky."
The broadcaster further added that the situation in Isfahan was normal and no ground explosions took place. When asked by news agencies AFP and AP, Israel's military refused to comment on the reported attack.
Israel had vowed a retaliatory strike after Iran launched a barrage of drones and missiles last Saturday. Most of the Iranian drones and missiles were downed before reaching Israeli territory.
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