Iran Downs 'Foreign Drone' After Airspace Violation Over Southern Port in Persian Gulf
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".
A drone has been shot down above the Iranian port of Mahshahr in the country's south on the shores of the Persian Gulf, the ISNA news agency reported. It's unclear at the moment from the report whether the unmanned aerial aircraft (UAV) was a military or civil one. According to a report by the Tasnim News Agency, the port's air defence system Mersad was activated to shoot down the unidentified aircraft after it was detected in the port's airspace.
Ghulam Reza Shariati, Governor of Khuzestan Province in which the Mahshahr port is located, told the media outlet Young Journalists Club that the country's military personnel are currently working on retrieving the remains of the downed drone. He added that the UAV "definitely" belongs to a foreign state and promised that the results of the probe into the aircraft will be made public.
Iranian Air Defence Commander Brigadier General Sabahi Fard separately confirmed that the country's defence systems took down a drone, which, as he clarified, violated the country's airspace. The commander added that the violator was shot down before it could reach any "critical locations".
A report by The Wall Street Journal has suggested that Tehran recently notified the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) that three of ....