An Iranian warship was by accident hit by a missile throughout workout routines within the Gulf of Oman, killing a minimum of 19, state tv quoted the military as saying, amid tensions with the US within the waterway.
The pleasant hearth incident involving the Konarak vessel occurred on Sunday afternoon close to Bandar-e Jask, off the southern coast of the Islamic republic, it mentioned on its web site.
One report mentioned the vessel had sunk after being hit by a missile fired by one other Iranian warship.
“The vessel was hit after moving a practice target to its destination and not creating enough distance between itself and the target,” state tv mentioned on its web site.
Iran’s military confirmed the dying of 19, saying in a press release that “investigations” had been persevering with relating to the reason for the incident.
The Konarak is a light-weight logistical help vessel made within the Netherlands and bought by Iran earlier than the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Weighing 447 tonnes and 47 metres (154 ft) lengthy, the Hendijan-class vessel is supplied with 4 cruise missiles, in line with state tv.
It was not instantly clear what number of crew members had been on board the warship on the time of the accident.
Iran and its arch enemy the US have traded barbs previously 12 months over a spate of incidents involving their forces within the delicate Gulf waters.
Tensions have escalated since 2018 when the US withdrew from a multinational accord that froze Iran’s nuclear programme and reimposed crippling sanctions on its financial system.
Tasnim information company mentioned in an English-language tweet that the Konarak had sunk after being hit by the missile fired by one other 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.”
Tasnim didn’t point out the element in its Persian-language report on its web site.
Iran’s armed forces in January mistakenly shot down a Kiev-bound Boeing 737 passenger jet shortly after takeoff from Tehran, killing all 176 individuals aboard.
The navy admitted to the catastrophic error, saying it got here as Iran’s air defences had been on excessive alert after firing a barrage of missiles at US troops stationed in Iraq.
Iran launched the missiles in retaliation for the US’ killing of its high normal Qasem Soleimani in a drone strike days earlier than that.