(TEHRAN, Iran) — An Iranian missile fired throughout a coaching train within the Gulf of Oman struck a assist vessel close to its goal, killing 19 sailors and wounding 15, Iran’s state media reported on Monday, amid heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S.
The assertion considerably raised the demise toll in Sunday’s incident from what was reported simply hours earlier, when Iran’s state media stated at the least one sailor was killed.
The Konarak, a Hendijan-class assist ship, which was collaborating within the train, was too near a goal throughout an train on Sunday when the incident occurred, the reviews stated. The vessel had been placing targets out for different ships to focus on. The media stated the missile struck the vessel by accident.
The pleasant fireplace incident occurred close to the port of Jask, some 1,270 kilometers (790 miles) southeast of Tehran, within the Gulf of Oman, state TV stated.
An area hospital admitted 12 sailors and handled one other three with slight wounds, the state-run IRNA information company reported.
Iranian media stated the Konarak had been overhauled in 2018 and was in a position to launch sea and anti-ship missiles. The Dutch-made, 47-meter (155-foot) vessel was in service since 1988 and had capability of 40 tons. It often carries a crew of 20 sailors.
Iran repeatedly holds workouts within the area, which is near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the slim mouth of the Persian Gulf via which 20% of the world’s oil passes. The U.S. Navy’s fifth Fleet, which displays the area, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Iranian media not often report on mishaps throughout its workouts, signaling the severity of the incident. This incident additionally comes amid months of heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S. since President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from Tehran’s nuclear cope with world powers in 2018 and imposed crushing sanctions on the nation.
Related Press author Jon Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, contributed to this report.