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Iran’s Largest Navy Ship Sinks Due to A Fire

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  • Iran’s largest Navy ship, Kharg, caught fire while at sea on the Gulf of Oman Wednesday and sunk near a major shipping lane, according to Iranian news. 
  • The Kharg, an Iranian training and logistics ship that has operated for more than 40 years, was on international waters to participate in a “naval exercise” before “one of it’s systems” caught fire, according to Tasmin news agency. 
  • The agency added that all those on board were evacuated, with no casualties, although 20 suffered from major burns. Authorities have yet to release an official statement about the cause of the fire, but have started investigations.
  • Later on Wednesday another fire broke out at an Iranian Oil refinery in Tehran with speculation around it’s occurrence being due to the humid temperatures, but at this time unknown. 
  • However, both incidents come after a series of explosions that started back in 2019 targeting ships in the same gulf, which caused the United States to accuse Iran of having a part to play, which the country has denied. 
  • Iran remains in the midst of negotiations with the United States to lift sanctions enacted to receive full access to Iran’s nuclear facilities, raising more alarm about the cause of the sunken ship.
  • The ship’s sinking marks the largest naval incident for Iran without the last couple of years. 

Sources

https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/02/middleeast/iran-navy-ship-khark-sinks-intl/index.html

https://apnews.com/article/iran-largest-warship-catches-fire-sinks-gulf-oman-f3e8126a8603326e1abc4705c6629fcd

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/kharg-iran-navy-warship-fire-gulf-oman/

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/6/2/large-iranian-navy-ship-sinks-after-catching-fire

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