Iran, Middle East: At least 19 sailors have been killed and 15 others injured when an Iranian training ship fired a missile at a support ship near its target during a training exercise in the Gulf of Oman. Iran’s state media reported on Monday that the incident took place amid intense tensions between Iran and the United States. News New York Times.
The death toll from the attack has risen sharply, although just hours after the attack, Iranian state media reported that at least one sailor had been killed. On Sunday, May 10, the Hendigan-class aid ship Konark, which took part in the exercise, was very close to a target. This time the ship was aiming for another ship. According to media reports, the missile accidentally hit the ship.
Iran’s state TV reported that the friendly fire broke out in the Gulf of Oman, about 1,270 kilometers (790 miles) southeast of Tehran, near the port of Jask. Twelve sailors were admitted to a local hospital and three others were treated for minor injuries, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Iranian media reported that Konark 201 was overhauled in 2018 and was able to launch sea and anti-ship missiles. The Dutch-built, 47-meter (155-foot) ship has been in service since 1988 and has a capacity of 40 tons. It usually carries a crew of 20 sailors.
Iran regularly exercises in the region, which is close to the strategic mouth of the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf. Through which 20% of the world’s oil goes. The US Navy’s 5th Fleet, which monitors the region, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Iranian media rarely reported accidents during his practice, indicating the severity of the incident. US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from Iran’s nuclear deal in 2013 and imposed sanctions on the country. The incident comes amid months of escalating tensions between Iran and the United States.