Iranian army says missile hit support ship in ‘friendly-fire’ incident, killing at least 19 sailors and wounding 15.
19 mariners have been murdered and 15 injured after an Iranian rocket terminated during a preparation practice in the Gulf of Oman struck a help vessel close to its objective, Iran’s military said.
The benevolent fire episode occurred on Sunday close to the port of Jask, around 1,270 kilometers (790 miles) southeast of Tehran on the Gulf of Oman, an announcement on the military’s site said on Monday.
“On Sunday evening, during an activity by some of the naval force’s vessels in Jask and Chabahar waters, the Konarak light help vessel had a mishap,” said an announcement on the military’s site.
“The quantity of this present mishap’s saints is 19 and 15 have likewise been harmed,” it included, saying the vessel had been towed aground.
The rocket struck the Konarak, a Hendijan-class bolster transport, which was partaking in the activity.
State TV depicted the occurrence as a mishap, saying the Konarak, a Hendijan-class bolster transport which was struck by the rocket, had been putting focuses out in the water for different boats to fire on and had wandered excessively near an objective.
“Iran’s Moudge-class frigate Jamaran incidentally hit the Konarak transport with a rocket during the activity,” Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news office detailed.
Iranian media said the Konarak had been redesignd in 2018 and had the option to dispatch ocean rockets.
The Dutch-made, 47-meter (155-foot) vessel had been in administration since 1988.
It was not promptly clear what number of group individuals were ready the warship at the hour of the mishap.
Turkey’s Anadolu Agency said at any rate 20 individuals had been slaughtered and that there were upwards of 40 team individuals on board the Konarak.
Anadolu said the episode had been accused on “human blunder”, refering to sources in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.
Iran consistently holds practices in the Gulf of Oman, which is shut to the key Strait of Hormuz, the limited mouth of the Gulf, through which 20 percent of the world’s oil passes.
Iranian media seldom report on accidents during its activities, featuring the seriousness of the occurrence.
The episode likewise comes during a period of elevated pressures among Iran and the United States.
Relations between the two adversaries have disintegrated pointedly since 2018 when US President Donald Trump pulled back his nation from a 2015 atomic arrangement between key forces and Iran.
Washington at that point reimposed authorizes on Tehran, devastating its economy.
The ill will developed toward the beginning of January when the US killed top Iranian military officer Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq.
Iran fought back on January 8 by terminating rockets at bases in Iraq where US troops were positioned.
Around the same time, Iran’s military destroyed a Kyiv-bound Boeing 737 traveler fly over Tehran, killing each of the 176 individuals ready.
The military admitted to the disastrous blunder, saying it came as Iran’s air safeguards were on high caution subsequent to terminating the flood of rockets at US focuses in Iraq.