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Iran boosts civil defence in 51 cities, lifts anti-aircraft readiness

Iran has equipped 51 of its cities
with civil defence systems and boosted readiness at air defences
to thwart any possible foreign attack, military officials said, amid an escalation of tensions with Israel and the
United States.

The civil defence equipment will enable Iran to “identify
and monitor threats by using round-the-clock software according
to the type of the threat and risk,” deputy defence minister
Brigadier General Mehdi Farahi was quoted as saying by Iranian
media on Saturday.

“These days, depending on the strength of countries, the
form of battles has become more complicated,” said Farahi,
adding that hybrid forms of warfare including cyber, biological
and radioactive attacks, have replaced classical wars. 

He did
not name the countries that could threaten Iran.

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Qader Rahimzadeh, commander of
Iran’s air defence headquarters, said readiness was at its
highest among his forces.

“The country’s airspace today is the safest for licensed
flights and the most insecure for would-be aggressors,”
Rahimzadeh was quoted as saying by the semi-official Mehr news

US-Iran tensions

Iran has accused Israel and the United States of cyber
attacks in recent years that have impaired the country’s

Iran has also accused Israel, which has neither
confirmed nor denied responsibility, of sabotaging its nuclear

US-Iran military tensions have also long dogged the
region. In the latest incident, Iran seized US military sail
drones in the Red Sea earlier this week –– even as both countries
pursue nuclear talks.

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