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TEHRAN, Iran – An Iranian missile fired throughout a coaching train within the Gulf of Oman struck a help vessel close to its goal, killing 19 Iranian sailors and wounding 15, Iran’s state media reported on Monday, amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington.

The assertion considerably raised the loss of life toll in Sunday’s incident from what was reported simply hours earlier, when Iran’s state media stated no less than one sailor was killed.

The Konarak, a Hendijan-class help ship, which was collaborating within the train, was too near a goal throughout an train on Sunday when the incident occurred, the stories stated. The vessel had been placing targets out for different ships to focus on. The media stated the missile struck the vessel unintentionally.

The pleasant hearth incident happened close to the port of Jask, some 1,270 kilometers (790 miles) southeast of Tehran, within the Gulf of Oman, state TV stated.

An area hospital admitted 12 sailors and handled one other three with slight wounds, the state-run IRNA information company reported.

Iranian media stated the Konarak had been overhauled in 2018 and was capable of launch sea and anti-ship missiles. The Dutch-made, 47-meter (155-foot) vessel was in service since 1988 and had capability of 40 tons. It often carries a crew of 20 sailors.

Iran towed the Konarak into a close-by naval base after the strike. {A photograph} launched by the Iranian military confirmed burn marks and a few harm to the vessel, although the navy didn’t instantly provide detailed images of the positioning of the missile’s influence.

Iran recurrently holds workouts within the area, which is closed to the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the slim mouth of the Persian Gulf via which 20% of the world’s oil passes. The U.S. Navy’s fifth Fleet, which screens the area, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Iranian media not often report on mishaps throughout its workouts, signaling the severity of the incident. This incident additionally comes amid months of heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S. since President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from Tehran’s nuclear cope with world powers in 2018 and imposed crushing sanctions on the nation.

It marks the second severe incident involving a misfired missile by Iran’s armed forces this 12 months. In January, after attacking U.S. forces in Iraq with ballistic missiles, Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard unintentionally shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 folks on board.

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