(TEHRAN, Iran) — An Iranian missile fired at some stage in a coaching whisper in the Gulf of Oman struck a toughen vessel near its target, killing 19 sailors and wounding 15, Iran’s drawl media reported on Monday, amid heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S.
The assertion tremendously raised the demise toll in Sunday’s incident from what became as soon as reported staunch hours earlier, when Iran’s drawl media acknowledged as a minimum one sailor became as soon as killed.
The Konarak, a Hendijan-class toughen ship, which became as soon as taking section in the whisper, became as soon as too near a target at some stage in an whisper on Sunday when the incident took space, the reviews acknowledged. The vessel had been striking targets out for numerous ships to present attention to. The media acknowledged the missile struck the vessel by chance.
The pleasant fire incident took space near the port of Jask, some 1,270 kilometers (790 miles) southeast of Tehran, in the Gulf of Oman, drawl TV acknowledged.
A local clinical institution admitted 12 sailors and handled one more three with puny wounds, the drawl-trail IRNA news company reported.
Iranian media acknowledged the Konarak had been overhauled in 2018 and became as soon as in a local to open sea and anti-ship missiles. The Dutch-made, 47-meter (155-foot) vessel became as soon as in service since 1988 and had capacity of 40 tons. It at all times carries a crew of 20 sailors.
Iran gradually holds workouts in the map, which is near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the slim mouth of the Persian Gulf by which 20% of the field’s oil passes. The U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, which monitors the map, did no longer straight acknowledge to a put a query to for comment.
Iranian media occasionally file on mishaps at some stage in its workouts, signaling the severity of the incident. This incident furthermore comes amid months of heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S. since President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from Tehran’s nuclear contend with world powers in 2018 and imposed crushing sanctions on the country.
Linked Press author Jon Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, contributed to this file.
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