Iran shot down unidentified drone near Gulf coast (agencies)

IRAN (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Iran’s military shot down an unidentified drone in the southwestern Iranian port of Masher on the Gulf coast on Friday, Iranian news agencies reported.

According to the student news agency (ISNA) that “anti-air defenses were launched before noon and destroyed” the plane that was burning “in the sky of Bandar Mahshahr port” in Khuzestan province.

According to the news agency Tasnim close to the conservatives and well-informed on the issues of defense, that the plane was shot down “Marsad” missile defense system.

The two agencies gave no further details.

On June 20, Iran shot down a US drone over the Strait of Hormuz, which Tehran said “violated Iranian airspace.” Washington admitted at the time that it had lost a drone, but claimed the plane was in international airspace.

After the incident, US President Donald Trump said he canceled retaliatory strikes against Iran at the last minute, so as not to cause heavy losses.

Tensions between the United States and Iran have risen for six months over attacks on ships and oil tankers in the Gulf and sanctions reimposed by Washington after its unilateral withdrawal from a nuclear deal with Iran.

Washington urged the international community on Thursday to take “tough” measures to pressure Iran after it resumed uranium enrichment activities at the Vardo underground facility as part of its response to the 2018 U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal and reimposed US economic sanctions.

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