It has been reported by the independent news site World News Daily
that a large explosion ripped through Iran's secretive underground Fordo nuclear facility, trapping "240 personnel deep underground." While the report has not been confirmed, it has captured the attention of the Israeli news media.
The Fordo explosion is said to have occurred on Monday, just a day before the Israeli election. The Fordo site houses an estimated 2,700 centrifuges. If confirmed, the strike would be a considerable event and a large setback for Iran's nuclear pursuits.
"The report of the blast came via Hamidreza Zakeri, formerly with the Islamic regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and National Security," WND's Reza Kahlili reported. Zakeri is thought to be a reliable source, as he is reported to have provided accurate information in the past.
Iran's state-run press has not reported on the matter.
Israel's Home Front Defense Minister Avi Dichter welcomed the report, according to a Times of Israel report
on Sunday. Israel's largest daily newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, featured the report as its lead story on Sunday, claiming the incident to be “the most significant incidence of sabotage in the Iranian nuclear program to date.”
Additionally, a second unconfirmed report from DEBKAFile
emerged on Saturday that a large-scale roadside bomb attack against an Iranian-Hezbollah convoy on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights left no survivors and has significantly increased tensions at the Israeli border.
Both reports, if confirmed, would mark a notable escalation in covert actions against the Iranian regime.