Saudi border guards opened warning fire on Iran’s boats :: Politics :: RBC

Saudi border guards opened warning fire on Iranian boats that violated the kingdom’s territorial waters. This was reported by Al Arabiya, citing a statement by the Saudi border service.

According to the communique, the incident occurred last Thursday. Patrols recorded three intruder boats under the Iranian flag.

As a result, the Saudi side sent several signals to violators demanding to stop. However, the boats ignored the crew and left the territorial waters after warning fire was opened on them.

The statement added that the border service “will not allow any violations in the waters of the kingdom.”

Saudi Arabia has denied involvement in an attack on an Iranian tanker

In mid-October 2019, two missile attacks were launched on Iran’s oil tanker in the Red Sea. The incident occurred 60 miles (96.5 km) from the city of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. As a result, two oil compartments were damaged, resulting in an oil leak at sea. None of the crew members were injured.

As reported by ISNA, the incident could be related to a terrorist attack.


The media learned about the UN report about the origin of attacked Saudi Aramco missiles :: Society :: RBC

In December 2019, the UN could not prove the involvement of Iran to attack drones and missiles to the objects of Saudi Aramco, which occurred in September last year

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Cruise missiles and drones that attacked in September 2019 objects Sauidi Aramco, was of Iranian origin. It in the UN report pointed out the Secretary General, antónio Guterres, reported Reuters citing the document.

Guterres said that the UN studied the wreckage of the weapons that were used in the attack on Saudi Aramco facilities in Horice and Abqaiq, as well as those that remained from previous raids — the drones attack oil facility in Afif and attacks on the airport of Abha in August 2019. According to Guterres, the Iranian origin had cruise missiles and drones, which participated in all four attacks.

According to him, some weapons were inscriptions in Farsi, or it had similar characteristics to that produced in the Iranian commercial enterprises.

The mission of Iran to the United Nations failed to promptly respond to the Agency regarding the report.

The media learned about the UN report on the participation of Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco

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UN: Saudi Aramco was attacked by weapons of Iranian origin

The UN came to the conclusion that the attack on nefteobod Saudi Aramco in Saudi Arabia attacked by weapons of Iranian origin. This is stated in the report of the UN Secretary-General antónio Guterres to the Security Council, seen by Reuters.

“The Secretariat estimates that the cruise missiles and their components used in the four attacks are of Iranian origin,” the document says. The conclusion is made on the basis of the analysis of fragments of weapons. The report looked at attacks in Afife in may 2019 and the attacks on the airport of Abha in June and August. Drones that used to attack targets in the Hail and Horise in September 2019, also of Iranian origin.

Recall that in September 2019 was attacked by the drones of the largest enterprise of the oil company. The responsibility has been taken by the Houthis. Because of explosions, oil production has declined in the country at 5.7 million barrels per day. The United States accused in the attacks of Iran and imposed sanctions against it.


19 dead on Iranian warship

An Iranian warship was hit by a missile during naval maneuvers in the Arabian Sea on Sunday, May 10. A friendly fire that left 19 dead in the context of tensions between Iran and the United States in the waters of the Persian Gulf.

The accident occurred in the afternoon near the port area of ​​Bandar-e Jask, off the southern coast of the Islamic Republic of Iran, state television said on Monday, May 11. The Konarak, a logistics support vessel, was hit “ after moving an exercise target to its destination, without creating sufficient distance between it and the target Added the television. She did not specify the total number of crew members at the time of the accident.

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In a statement, the Iranian army reported 19 dead and 15 injured in a “ accident “Involving the Konarak during an exercise, without providing further details. The vessel was towed ashore for ” technical surveys “Added the statement, calling for” avoid speculation Until the publication of more information.

Intensive care

The Iranian news agency Tasnim said in an English tweet that ” Konarak was struck by friendly fire, as Jamaran’s frigate accidentally hit it with a missile during a live fire exercise in Persian Gulf waters on May 10 ” The 15 injured were hospitalized in south-eastern Sistan-Baluchistan province, a local medical source said in the Isna news agency. Two of them were admitted to intensive care. Iranian chief of staff and chief of diplomacy Mohammad Javad Zarif extended condolences to the families of the victims in separate statements.

Made in the Netherlands, the logistics support vessel Konarak was bought by Iran before the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Weighing 447 tonnes and 47 meters in length, the ship is equipped with four cruise missiles installed on board, according to state television.

The Arabian Sea is located between Iran and the Sultanate of Oman, at the edge of the crucial Strait of Hormuz, through which much of the world’s oil transits and where a coalition led by the United States operates. This area of ​​the Gulf, including the Strait of Hormuz, is experiencing chronic tension. Western ships have patrolled there regularly since last year to ensure freedom of navigation after several incidents involving the Revolutionary Guards, the ideological army of the Iranian regime.

Trump’s threats

The last Iranian-American incident dates back to April 15. The United States then reported that eleven Iranian boats had harassed their ships, in what it described as international waters of the Gulf accusing Iran of ” dangerous maneuvers “At sea. US President Donald Trump then said he ordered” for the US Navy to shoot down and destroy any Iranian craft that harass our ships at sea

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The two countries, enemies for more than 40 years, have been at loggerheads since the United States’ unilateral denunciation in 2018 of the Iranian international nuclear agreement.


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Franco-Iranian researcher Fariba Adelkhah continues fight in prison

From the depths of her Evin prison, she resists. In order not to let the prison system of his country of origin, Iran, bring it down psychologically. Each fight undertaken by Fariba Adelkhah – a Franco-Iranian researcher arrested last June with his companion, researcher Roland Marchal – is a way of claiming that they are innocent of the charges brought against them: “Propaganda against the system” political of the Islamic Republic and “Collusion to endanger national security”.

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Psychological resistance to the very peril of his life. Fariba Adelkhah has so far defeated what she called, in a letter to her support committee in France, the “Psychological torture” very strong interrogations to which she was subjected in November. Will she resist the consequences of the hardships she suffered from a hunger strike lasting more than 45 days, from the end of December to mid-February?

“His kidneys have been damaged”

Her friends and colleagues have not hidden their concern since they learned that she had been hospitalized on Sunday, February 23, in the medical unit of Evin prison. “ His kidneys have been damaged “, His state of health is” worrisome “Confided to Tehran his lawyer, Mr. Saïd Dehqan. Others also mention balance problems.

Fariba Adelkhah has no intention of being wiped out. This small, petite, soft-spoken woman, a trained anthropologist, fights several battles at the same time: she refuses to comply with the prison rules which require her to speak to her family through a window; since mid-January, she has refused to return to her cell, living and sleeping in the corridors on the floor, until she has been allowed to see her companion, also locked up in Evin.

And finally, she asserts by all means beyond the walls of her prison, her innocence and that of her companion. Friday February 21, when the legislative elections were held in Iran, she caused a scandal because the prison having lost her nationality certificate, she could not vote.

Exchange currencies

The battle is tough when it involves considerations other than the truth. Iran is no longer hiding that Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal are, like other bi-national or foreign prisoners in this country, exchange currencies against Iranians detained in France and in Europe. One way to recognize that their charge sheet is empty.

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More than 5,000 kilometers away, one of his compatriots, Jalal Rohollahnejad, 41, arrested on his arrival in France on February 2, and the target of an American arrest warrant for attempts to export to Iran. computer equipment on behalf of a company belonging to the Guardians of the Revolution, awaits at the Luynes prison center.

He appealed to the Court of Cassation after French justice gave a favorable opinion on his extradition to the United States. The future of Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal, whose trial before the revolutionary court will open Tuesday, March 3, in Tehran, may depend on this decision.


Last minute: Remarkable warning after the Iranian earthquake! Avalanche and landslide …

Disaster specialist Assoc. Dr. Yıldırım Güngör, IranianAfter the earthquake in Hoy city, CNN TÜRK was connected to the live broadcast.

Güngör’s statements are as follows:


In fact, the earthquake is not a big earthquake. It is actually an expected earthquake in that area. It may be an independent earthquake, not a continuation of the North Anatolian Fault or Eastern Anatolian Fault.

The problem is; 70-80 km away at 5.7 Vanpeople lost their lives in. We saw the same in Elazig. The building stock there caused destruction in the villages. Our luck there was this; Because it was winter, nobody lived in the house, everyone migrated to the big cities, but in the summer they come. Unfortunately, there is no such thing here. therefore, 8 people died unfortunately.


I want to make a warning. Currently the type continues there. I want rescuers to pay attention to avalanche. Because such tremors can cause certain avalanches to fall and certain avalanches to take action. Therefore, it is necessary to act carefully, without hurry. While trying to save someone, you shouldn’t risk the lives of others. Normally, any building should not be demolished in the 5.7 earthquake. Unfortunately, the building stock in the region is very bad.


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An earthquake in that region does not belong to a line. There are many broken lines in that area. It is a tectonically very mobile earthquake. I say this so that people don’t think, “Alas, will this earthquake trigger our other earthquake?” After thoroughly can reveal arise, but I can tell you very clearly that this earthquake is not in the nature of an earthquake to trigger an earthquake in Turkey.


Assoc. Dr. Similar to Yıldırım Güngör’s warning came from the Red Crescent President Kerem Kınık. “Earthquakes can also trigger avalanches and landslides. Citizens should be careful especially in regions where there is an avalanche danger in the Van Baskale region.” said.


Soleimani: USA acknowledges that 11 of its soldiers were injured in last week’s Iranian attack | International

The US-led military coalition in Iraq has reported Friday that 11 of its soldiers were wounded with a concussion following the Iranian attack on the Iraqi base of Al Asad last week, in retaliation for the killing in Baghdad of General Qasem Soleimani by a US drone on January 3. At first, the Pentagon reported that there had been no deaths or injuries.

“While no member of the US service died in the January 8 Iranian attack on Al Asad air base, several were treated for concussion symptoms caused by the blast and are still being evaluated,” said Captain Bill. Urban, spokesman for the United States Central Command.

Urban explained that treating these soldiers is a “standard procedure” that is carried out when personnel are near an explosion, to find out if “traumatic brain injuries” have occurred. Thus, “as a precaution”, as Urban has detailed, eight people have been transferred to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in southern Germany, while three others have been evacuated to the Arifja camp, in the capital of Kuwait, to do a “follow-up exam.” “When they are deemed fit for service, they are expected to return to Iraq,” he added.

Several officials from the United States Department of Defense have explained to CNN television that after an initial “evaluation of the commander, the symptoms arose days after the fact”, hence, he said, the contradiction between the first statements of the secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, in which he assured that there was only material damage after the attack.

When launching its attack, the Islamic Republic warned that it was only the beginning of its revenge for the death of the Iranian general Soleimani on January 3 in a drone strike carried out in Baghdad. At the time, President Donald Trump chose not to respond to the Iranian offensive with military force and, in a televised speech to the nation, said he would impose more sanctions against Iran. Tehran and Washington, which have not had diplomatic relations since 1979, have experienced numerous crises since Trump ordered in 2018 the US exit from the nuclear agreement promoted by his predecessor Barack Obama signed in 2015. The current tension escalation is especially serious and increased with the accidental shooting down by the Islamic Republic of a Ukrainian plane, which killed its 176 occupants, most of them Iranian and Canadian.


The Iranian regime hesitantly faces its response to the protests | International

Iranians protest to show their sympathy to the victims of the Ukrainian plane crash, in front of Amir Kabir University in Tehran. On video, the protests.

The Government of Iran has become defensive in the face of protests that for the third day in a row are calling for responsibilities on Monday for the downing of the Ukrainian plane. Their spokesman, Ali Rabie, has denied that they had lied about it and insisted on the climate of “psychological war against Tehran” to justify their initial denial of the facts. Faced with the growing challenge of the protests, the regime seems divided on how to respond. Despite the deployment of riot gear in front of the universities, the police assure that they have orders to “act in moderation.”

It is especially the university students who have been protesting since Saturday when the authorities admitted guilt. The vigils in mourning the death of several graduates of the Amir Kabir and Sharif Polytechnics in Tehran have spread to other higher centers not only in the capital, but in other cities of the country. Of the 176 occupants of PS752 flight, 82 passengers were Iranians and 63 Canadians, the majority with dual nationality, and many of them students who returned to universities where they are studying for masters or doctorates after taking advantage of the Christmas holidays to visit their families.

The slogans have also evolved from the initial “They kill our geniuses and replace them with clerics”, to “Out clerics” or “Death to the dictator”, which refer to previous protests against the Islamic system. In addition, new ones mock the powerful Pasdarán, members of the Revolutionary Guard. “Guards, you are the dictator, you are our ISIS”, referring to the Islamic State that they have helped to fight in Iraq and Syria, or “What a shame, guards, leave the country alone.”

Neither the “wish he had died on that plane” of the head of the Revolutionary Guard air force, nor the apologies and condolences of the politicians, are serving to calm tempers. The delay in recognizing that it was a surface-to-air missile of that army that brought down the aircraft while insisting on accusing the United States and the previous decision not to close the airspace to civilian flights after attacking two bases in that country. in Iraq they have given a tip to the confidence of the Iranians in the regime that has governed them for four decades.

Tweet in Persian

Donald Trump, chief tweeter as well as US president, has started tweeting in Persian. It premiered last Sunday to require Iranian leaders to “Don’t kill your protesters” and incidentally ask them to restore the Internet and let reporters do their job. Too bad the Arabic alphabet in which the Persian is written prevented him from putting the capital letters that are his personal stamp.

Although using the local language is a practice followed by many embassies, the Trump initiative has crossed diplomatic and even intergalactic borders. Mark Hamill, the actor who plays Luke Skywalker, has also used the Persian to amend the plan to the president with a “please ignore the fact that I have prohibited them from entering [en EE UU] Y threatened to bombard their cultural sites

The protesters, but also some politicians, insist that it is not enough to admit the error and call for the cessation and punishment of those responsible. “As a representative of the people in Parliament, I want the resignation, dismissal and punishment of the perpetrators, the cover-ups and those who lied to the people,” reformist Mohammad Reza Aref has tweeted. Even among conservatives there is disappointment at what happened.

“It is a disrepute for the system; it has left them without arguments to defend it ”, interprets an Iranian professor who has found this situation in his environment.

The regime, already weakened by sanctions, faces a difficult challenge: how to respond to discontent? If he opts for the repression as in the protests that last November sparked the rise in gasoline and left at least 300 dead, only his discredit will increase. It would be especially risky when next February there are called legislative elections, whose participation he uses to legitimize himself.

The alternative, letting protesters fan their discomfort, is also dangerous. Although it could immediately lower tensions, it would not only send a message of weakness, but would open the door for the extent of discontent with the Islamic dictatorship to emerge, as happened in the early days of the 2009 post-election protests. It is necessary to bear in mind the different conditions in which the regime’s supporters and their critics take to the streets.

At the moment, it seems significant that the deployment of the riot police in front of the main university campuses also includes the Imam Sadegh, an institution where many of the regime’s cadres are formed, including the Pasdaran, with a program that combines modern education and Islamic theology. . Furthermore, it is difficult to maintain a deterrent on the streets for days and that none of its members go overboard.

Videos have already begun to circulate on social networks in which shots are heard, the transfer of wounded people and members of the security forces with rifles are seen. Their authenticity cannot be verified, but in the absence of independent information (the authorities are not granting visas to the international press and the few accredited journalists in Tehran are restricted in their movements), they cannot be ruled out either. Tehran Police Chief Hosein Ranimi has denied that his men fired because “they have orders to act in moderation.”