Sunday, 24 September 2023 09:30 GMT

IRGC Navy Refutes Western Reports of Harassment in Strait of Hormuz

(MENAFN) Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy has strongly denied Western reports claiming that one of its boats harassed a commercial ship in the Strait of Hormuz. Brigadier General Abbas Gholamshahi, commander of the IRGC Navy's First Zone, clarified that the elite force actually responded to a distress signal and promptly went to the ship's rescue.

The statement comes in response to assertions made by the U.S. Navy and the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom, stating that they came to the aid of a ship in the Strait of Hormuz after it was allegedly harassed by Iranian fast-attack boats. General Gholamshahi dismissed these claims as false information spread by hostile media outlets. He criticized their unprofessional conduct and violation of media ethics, accusing them of attempting to create unrest and justify the "illegitimate and unjustifiable presence of extra-regional countries in the Persian Gulf."

According to General Gholamshahi, the incident occurred on Saturday at approximately 4:15 p.m. local time when a trade ship flying the flag of the Marshall Islands sent a distress call as it approached the Strait of Hormuz. The command-and-control center of Iran at the Strait of Hormuz promptly responded to the call, addressing the ship's concerns about the presence of non-military light boats in its vicinity. After carefully evaluating the situation and considering the ship's request, the Iranian command-and-control center resolved the issue, alleviating the ship's concerns.

The IRGC Navy official's remarks aim to clarify the sequence of events and counter the narrative propagated by Western reports. By emphasizing the swift response and effective resolution of the distress signal, Iran aims to refute any allegations of harassment and highlight its commitment to ensuring the safety and security of ships navigating the Strait of Hormuz. The statement also criticizes the biased portrayal of the incident by certain media outlets, underlining the need for responsible reporting based on factual information and adherence to ethical standards.


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