Sunday, 17 November, 2019

Iran reportedly downs drone over southern port city of Mahshahr

Iran downs 'foreign' drone over southern port city of Mahshahr Iran reportedly downs drone over southern port city of Mahshahr
Emmett Howard | 08 November, 2019, 19:24

The drone was taken down on Friday by an Iran-developed Mersad surface-to-air missile, the Iranian Mehr news agency reported.

Iranian air defense forces have shot down a foreign drone near the port city of Mahshahr, Iranian media reported, showing alleged footage of the intercept as proof.

It later said the drone could have been an Iranian model downed during nighttime exercises to test missile systems.

"It was a firm reaction to an aggressor foreign drone ... before reaching sensitive sites of the country", IRNA quoted Alireza Sabahifard, commander of Iran Air Defence Force of Army.

The Iranian official said the aircraft "definitely belonged to a foreign country", but would not say which. The port is the leading hub for Iranian activity in the Gulf, as well as a petrochemical facility.

According to state news agency IRNA, Shariati said the "unknown drone".

The conservative Fars news agency later revealed that the drone was Iranian and had been forced to make an emergency landing.

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Regional tensions remain high over Tehran's collapsing nuclear deal with world powers, which the US unilaterally withdrew from over a year ago.

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A US military official told Fox News on Friday that all American drones are accounted for and none have been shot down. Washington said the US drone had been shot down by Iran in worldwide airspace over the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf.

The crisis deepened with the September 14 attacks on Saudi energy giant Aramco's Abqaiq processing plant and Khurais oilfield which halved the kingdom's crude output.

Yemen's Iran-backed Huthi rebels claimed responsibility, but the USA says the attacks involved cruise missiles from Iran and amounted to "an act of war". Iran denied any involvement it was behind the Khurais and Abqaiq attacks.

The US has been responding to the escalating tensions with a military build-up in the Gulf and on Thursday launched a new operation with its allies from Bahrain to protect navigation in Gulf waters.

There was no immediate comment from the United States.

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