TEL AVIV (Dispatches) -- A large explosion occurred at a rocket factory owned by the occupying regime of Israel in central Occupied Palestine on Tuesday morning.
The blast sent up a massive plume of fire and smoke outside the central town of Ramle, which could be seen from miles away.
The explosion took place at the Tomer military firm, which manufactures propulsion systems for a variety of rockets and missiles.
Videos of the blast were widely shared on social media, prompting speculation that that it was the result of a malfunction or sabotage, especially in light of ongoing tensions between the Zionist regime and Iran. Some of the posts suggested that it may have been a form of retaliation by Tehran for the recent sabotage at its Natanz nuclear facility that has been partially attributed to the occupying regime of Israel.
The Zionist war contractor claimed that the images were misleading and that it was a deliberate explosion as part of a trial, prompting ridicule among many observers. "This was a controlled test, without any irregular incidents,” a spokeswoman for the firm claimed.
The explosion was not announced in advance or reported after the incident by the war ministry or the company.
Tomer, which was formed in 2015, serves as the main producer of propulsion systems for some of the Zionist regime’s most important missiles and rockets, including the Arrow air missile system, the Shavit satellite launcher and the EXTRA artillery rocket.
The occupying regime’s Arrow-2 and Arrow-3 missile systems are already operational to intercept incoming missiles in the atmosphere and space.
Back in February, Israel announced that it was developing the Arrow-4 with the United States.
"The development of Arrow-4 together with our American partners will result in a technological and operational leap forward, preparing us for the future battlefield and evolving threats in the Middle East and beyond,” Zionist war minister Benny Gantz said in a statement at the time.
The Zionist officials’ claim of a controlled test does not corroborate with the extent of the explosion at such a sensitive site.
The factory is located in close proximity to residential areas. Locals said they heard a massive explosion and saw a mushroom cloud, with some filming it.