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World urges ‘de-escalation’ after drones shot down over Iran

Iran fired air defence batteries to shoot down three drones over the central city of Isfahan, according to state media reports, after officials in the United States told US broadcasters that Israel carried out military operations against Iran. Explosions were reported on Friday in the sky over the cities of Isfahan and Tabriz, but the Iranian government has downplayed the incident. A Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson said Oman “condemns the Israeli attack this morning on Isfahan in the Islamic Republic of Iran”. It also “condemns and denounces Israel’s repeated military attacks in the region”, the statement said. The Gulf country has long mediated between Iran and Western countries. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Egypt was “deeply con cerned” about an escalation of hostilities between Israel and Iran. Egypt also warned of the consequences of expanding the conflict and instability in the region. Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani called for an “absolute deescalation”. “We invite everyone to be cautious to avoid an escalation,” he told RAI news from the Italian island of Capri, where Italy is hosting a meeting of foreign ministers from the Group of Seven nations. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said: “It’s a developing situation, it wouldn’t be right for me to speculate until the facts become clearer and we’re working to confirm the details together with allies. “Significant escalation is not in anyone’s interest. What we want to see is calm heads prevail across the region.” European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen called for restraint to avoid further escalation in the Middle East. “We have to do everything possible [so] that all sides restrain from the escalation in that region,” she told reporters during a visit to Finland. “It is absolutely necessary that the region stays stable and that all sides refrain from further action.” The United Nations nuclear watchdog confirmed that “there is no damage to Iran’s nuclear sites”. IAEA chief Rafael Grossi called for extreme restraint and said nuclear facilities should never be a target in military conflicts. Aljazeera

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.