IRGC claims US spy drone shot down over Hormuzgan province

  • 07:30 20 June 2019

IRGC claims US spy drone shot down over Hormuzgan province

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps reportedly shot down a US Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk spy drone flying over Hormuzgan province, according to the state-run IRNA news agency.

The drone was downed when it entered Iranian airspace near the Kouhmobarak district in southern Iran's Hormuzgan province, according to IRNA, , ONA reports quoting sputniknews.

The report comes amid increased tensions between Iran and the US, with Washington announcing a new deployment of additional forces to the Middle East, including a Patriot missile battalion, drones and manned surveillance aircraft.

There has been no confirmation from US military, according to AP.

Tensions in the Gulf area escalated over the past week as a number of oil tankers from various nations got attacked there and in the neighboring Gulf of Oman. The United States and its regional allies claimed that Iran had a role in the incidents, while Tehran has denied the allegations.

In one of its recent claims voiced last week, Washington said the IRGC allegedly attempted to down one of its drones prior to attacking the vessels in the Gulf of Oman but failed to reach its target.