The Guardians of the Revolution claim to have fired a missile against the craft on the coast bordering the Strait of Hormuz.
It is the rebound of the day in the rise of tensions between Iran and the United States, consequence of the sanctions imposed by Washington but also oil tanker sabotage in the Arabian Sea. On Thursday, Iran announced that it had shot down an “American spy drone” that had violated its airspace.
The device was a Global Hawk model, from the American manufacturer Northrop Grumman. He was shot dead “in the early hours of the day” over the coastal province of Hormozgan in southern Iran, according to a statement by the Revolutionary Guards, the ideological army of the Islamic Republic.
By mid-morning on Thursday, the Iranian media had not yet shown any image of the destroyed device. The Iranians say he was shot down by a “missile” of the Guardian aerospace force, off the coast, facing Mount Mobarak, “after violating Iran’s airspace,” without providing further details.
This announcement was followed by a serious warning. The commander-in-chief of the Guardians, Major General Hossein Salami, warned that the violation of the Iranian borders was the “red line” not to be crossed. “Our reaction is, and will be, categorical and absolute,” he warned, according to the Tasnim news agency.
According to Iranian state television, this area is in the county of Jask Harbor on the Arabian Sea. Hormozgan Province borders the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic crossing point for global oil supplies.