Iranian vessel hit by friendly fire, 19 dead, 15 injured
Christian Fernsby | ▼ May 11, 2020
Some 19 Navy personnel in Iran have been killed with some 15 others injured in an accident happened to an Iranian vessel in the course of drills in southern Iran, the Navy said in a statement on Monday.
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Topics: IRAN VESSEL
The statement did not provide any details while noting that the incident is being investigated.
Earlier the day, initial reports claimed that a C-802 Noor missile was fired from the Jamaran and accidentally struck the Konarek, a general-purpose vessel.
Reports said there were 30 to 40 crew members on board the Konarek, which had recently been added to the Iranian Navy’s fleet.
The initial reports claimed that the Konarek’s commander was among the dead.
Sources in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) have deemed the incident “human error.”
The incident comes in the wake of a flurry of activity in the Persian Gulf in recent weeks, with tensions brewing between Iran and the United States.
Late last month, there was a dangerously close confrontation between U.S. Navy vessels and Iranian Navy boats close to Iranian territorial waters in the Gulf.
Later, the US Navy issued a statement, accusing the Iranian Navy of “harassment.”
US President Donald Trump took to Twitter, saying he had instructed the U.S. Navy to “shoot down and destroy” Iranian gunboats if they “harass” U.S. ships.
In response, IRGC chief Major General Hossein Salami said Iranian naval forces have been ordered to “target any US vessel or warship” in the Persian Gulf if they “harass” Iranian vessels.
On Saturday, there was a rumor that a US drone had been downed in Iranian territorial waters, which later proved to be a hoax.
The latest incident comes as military exercises have intensified in the Persian Gulf region, which shows the Iranian military is taking the U.S. threats seriously. ■ What to read next
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