Iran claimed to have detained two US drones in the Red Sea area for an hour. This is the second such incident this week, Iranian state television reported on Friday local time.
Aljazeera reported that Timothy Hawkins, a spokesman for the US Navy’s Middle East-based Fifth Fleet, acknowledged the matter in an interview with the AP on Friday. However, he refused to give any details.
Iran claims that the drones threaten Iran’s maritime security. They were intercepted by members of the country’s navy in the Red Sea. They were released after a few hours.
Iran’s navy said routine Iranian patrols in the Red Sea encountered several US ‘spy drones’. US authorities operating maritime drones from Iranian destroyers were urged to change the course of their drones to avoid accidents.
After receiving no response from them, Tehran intercepted two drones. After that the two drones were released in a safe area to keep the sea route safe.
After this incident, the US authorities were called on by the Iranian destroyer to be more attentive to the security of the sea shipping.
Source: Al Jazeera