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19 November 2019


Iran reportedly downs drone in the Persian Gulf

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Earlier, Tehran reportedly informed international maritime authorities that three of its oil tankers had been attacked by unknown forces in a matter of six months, calling the Red Sea route, where these attacks happened, "unsafe".

Axar.az reports citing ISNA that a drone has been shot down above the Iranian port of Mahshahr in the country's south on the shores of the Persian Gulf. It's unclear at the moment from the report whether the unmanned aerial aircraft (UAV) was a military or civil one.

A report by The Wall Street Journal has suggested that Tehran recently notified the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) that three of its oil tankers have suffered attacks over the course of six months. Iran previously reported only one of the tankers, mentioned in the WSJ article, Sabiti, as likely being attacked by missiles.

Two other tankers, mentioned in a purported letter to IMO, Happiness I and HELM, reportedly suffered technical issues in May and August respectively, but nothing about being attacked was mentioned. Following the confirmed attack on Sabiti, Tehran vowed to conduct a thorough investigation to determine the culprit behind it and soon clarified that it was likely organized by one or even several states.

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2019.11.08 / 15:48
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