US warns airlines over Iran threat to the Gulf
WASHINGTON: The US government is warning airlines to exercise caution while flying over the Gulf and Gulf of Oman, a region that has seen growing tension between Iran and other nations.
The Federal Aviation Administration yesterday released new guidance to US airlines and other commercial-flight operators, saying “there is an increasing inadvertent risk” to flights in that area.
“Iran has publicly made threats to US military operations in the Gulf region,” the FAA said in a notice.
Iran possesses a variety of missiles and military jets capable of intercepting airliners, according to the agency.
In recent months, merchant ships or tankers were damaged or seized in the region as tensions between Iran and the US escalated.
In June, Iran brought down a US surveillance drone.
Meanwhile, Houthi rebels in Yemen said they have shot down a US Reaper drone, marking what would be the third American unmanned aircraft destroyed in the region since June.
An MQ-9 drone was shot down on Tuesday with a missile over the northern city of Dhamar, a statement from Houthi spokesman Yahia Sarie said, according to The Associated Press.
US Central Command said they were investigating the reports of the attack on a US unmanned aircraft system “operating in authorised air space over Yemen,” Central Command spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Early Brown said.
“We have been clear that Iran’s provocative actions and support to militants and proxies, like the Iranian-backed Houthis, poses a serious threat to stability in the region and our partners,” Brown said.
CNN reported that an unnamed US official had confirmed the drone attack.
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