Source of explosions and gunfire heard in western Iran unclear

Social media reports from Iranian journalists and citizens indicate that a series of loud explosions were heard tonight in western Iran around the cities of Hamedan and Kermanshah.

Some reports quote Iran’s Revolutionary Guards saying they have launched air defense exercises in the area, but this cannot be independently verified.

Social media reports indicated there was anti-aircraft activity, but it is unclear whether this was part of exercises or not.

A video, the authenticity of which Iran International cannot verify, includes sounds that sound like anti-aircraft gunfire, and a voice in the video says explosions were heard. The images come from a city, but no place is mentioned.

There are no reports of air activity in the area, but a tweet said an anti-aircraft missile was fired and there was an explosion near or at a military base.

The weather in western Iran on Saturday was covered with rain and snow, reducing the likelihood of military exercises.

Tensions are high in the region amid Iran’s nuclear talks with world powers. Israel has repeatedly said it will not tolerate Iran reaching a nuclear breaking point, while Tehran has threatened severe retaliation in the event of an attack.

Iran has held several military exercises in recent months.

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