Iran states it shot down a U.S. drone flying over Strait of Hormuz

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Iranian authorities say the country’s Revolutionary Guard shot down a U.S. Armed Forces drone flying over the Strait of Hormuz.

According to Sepah News, the Guard’s news website, the “spy” drone entered Iran’s air space at the southern province of Hormozgan, in the northern coast of the Strait of Hormuz.

State-owned news agency IRNA confirmed this version, adding it was an unmanned RQ-4 Global Hawk (UAS), with the capacity to fly at great altitudes for more than 30 hours at a time. The drone was equipped with technology to record high-resolution images of large land extensions and can withstand all types of weather, as manufacturer Northrop Grumman states in its website.

The U.S. denies drone shot down by Iran

Meanwhile, Navy Captain Bill Urban, U.S. Central Army Command spokesman, denied this version. The official stated that no U.S. drone were operating over Iranian airspace and declined to make further comments.

The U.S. army recently confirmed Iran had attempted to shot down one of its drones. Later, on June 6, Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen shot down a U.S. government-operated drone.

On the other hand, Tasmin news agency revealed that the Iranian Supreme National Security Council stands ready to respond to any attempt to violate its airspace.

Tensions in the Persian Gulf are building up

If the drone shot down were confirmed, the incident would add to the escalating tensions between the United States and Iran since last year. Back then, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his nation would exit the nuclear pact reached in 2015 between Iran and other powers. Additionally, the U.S. imposed sanctions both against Iran and buyers of Iranian crude.

Concerns over a possible military clash between the nations have been building up, especially after the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week; as well as the ones off the UAE coast on May 12.

The recent events took place in the Strait of Hormuz, which is a strategic transit point for oil shipments from the Middle East to many parts of the world.

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