Published On: Mon, May 11th, 2020

Iran news: Iranian missile ‘mistakenly’ hits own ship killing sailor | World | News

The friendly fire incident happened yesterday near the port of Jask around 790 miles southeast of Tehran.  Elint news tweeted: “It is reported the Iranian Jamaran frigate accidentally fired on the Konarak support ship with an anti-ship cruise missile during exercises. The Jamaran is a Moudge-class frigate armed with 4 C-802 (Noor) anti-ship cruise missiles. This is likely what was launched.”

Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency reported: “Iran’s Moudge-class frigate Jamaran accidentally hit the Konarak ship with a missile during the exercise, in which at least one person was killed and 16 people were wounded.”

State TV quoted the Iranian navy saying: “The incident took place in the perimeter of Iran’s southern Jask port on the Gulf of Oman during Iranian Navy drills on Sunday.”

The Konarak support ship is a domestically made missile-launching warship commissioned in 2018, the semi-official Fars news agency said.

Iran’s Students News Agency ISNA said: “The circumstances of the incident are currently undergoing technical examinations.”

A statement on Iran’s central army website said this was being investigated and more information would be announced later.

Unofficial reports claimed Jamaran, which was operated by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), fired the missile too early, before Konarak had time to sail away from a floating target it had towed to a designated position.

Iran often carries out exercises in the region, which is closed to the strategic Strait of Hormuz, near to where 20 percent of the world’s oil passes.

Iran previously said it had increased patrols in the Gulf after the US Navy blocked the path of an Iranian vessel.

The US Navy’s 5th Fleet monitors the region, but it has yet to comment.

The Gulf of Oman is a particularly sensitive waterway as it connects to the Strait of Hormuz – through which about a fifth of the world’s oil passes. Iran’s armed forces regularly hold exercises in the region.

Yesterday’s incident comes at a time of heightened tensions between Iran and the US.

Tensions between the arch foes have been soaring since 2018, when Donald Trump pulled the US out of a 2015 nuclear deal between major powers and Iran, and Washington re-imposed sanctions on Tehran, crippling its economy.

Animosity between the two sides deepened even further in early January when a US drone strike in Baghdad killed top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani.

Iran retaliated on January 9 by firing missiles at bases in Iraq where U.S. troops were stationed.

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