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India sends military ships to Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — India has launched a maritime security operation in the Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf following rising tensions between Iran and the United States, the country’s navy said in a statement.

The ships Chennai and Sunayna have been sent to the Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf, the Indian Navy announced on June 21 on its website . This was done as part of a maritime security operation to protect the country’s commercial vessels operating in the region.

In addition, Indian planes will monitor the situation.

These measures have been taken as tensions mount between Washington and Tehran since Donald Trump’s announcement of the US withdrawal from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal.

In this context, fears of a direct confrontation were accentuated last week when two tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman, near the Strait of Hormuz.

The United States accuses the Iranian authorities of being responsible for it, which it denies.

On June 20, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards announced that they had shot down an American spy drone that “had entered Iranian airspace” in the province of Hormozgan, which borders the Strait of Hormuz. A US official confirmed the attack, nevertheless claiming that the aircraft was in international space.

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