The tension in between the US and Iran in Gulf waters further dense after an Iranian warship was hit by a friendly fire missile during naval exercises. In the incident 19 sailors were killed during naval exercises. On Sunday afternoon, the accident took place in the Gulf of Oman where the friendly fire involving the Konarak vessel took place near Bandar-e Jask.
“The vessel was hit after moving a practice target to its destination and not creating enough distance between itself and the target,” said the channel. In a statement, the armed forces said that 19 crewmen were killed and 15 injured.
A Iranian news agency said Konark had sunk after being hit by the missile fired by another iranian warship. “Konarak was ‘sunk by friendly fire’ after Moudge-class frigate ‘Jamaran’ accidentally shot (it) with a missile during live firing exercise in Jask area of #PersianGulf waters on 10th May,” it said.
The vessel was dragged to the shore for technical investigation, said the news agency. The vessel had been hit by “‘friendly fire’ after Moudge-class frigate ‘Jamaran’ accidentally shot (it) with a missile during live firing exercise in Jask area of #PersianGulf waters”.
The Konarak, a logistical support vessel, was purchased by Iran before the 1979 Islamic revolution.US President Donald Trump then tweeted that he had ordered the US Navy to “shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea”.
Tension between the US and Iran escalated since 2018 when Trump withdrew the United States from a multinational accord that froze Iran’s nuclear programme. In January, Iran’s armed forces shot down a Kiev-bound Boeing 737 passenger jet mistakenly killing 737 passengers.