Iran downs drone over southern port city of Mahshahr

Mersad Air Defense System with Shahin Missile

The official and Iranian news outlets did not say whether it was a military or civilian drone, or from which country it came.

The Iranian army shot down an unidentified foreign drone near the port of Bandar-e Mahshahr on the Gulf coast on Friday, according to reports from the country's news agencies.

Shariati added that the drone was downed by the Army Air Defense unit in the Southwest and its debris were found in the marshlands in the suburb of Mahshahr.

The Iranian official said the aircraft "definitely belonged to a foreign country", but would not say which.

The agency claimed the drone was shot out of the sky early Friday at the port city of Mahshahr, which is in the oil-rich Khuzestan province and lies on the Persian Gulf. The agency later deleted those details from its site. "Its wreckage has been recovered and is being investigated", the governor of Iran's southern Khuzestan province, Gholamreza Shariati, said, as quoted by IRNA.

The conservative Fars news agency later revealed that the drone was Iranian and had been forced to make an emergency landing.

Regional tensions remain high over Tehran's collapsing nuclear deal with world powers, which the USA unilaterally withdrew from over a year ago.

The incidents come amid soaring tensions between Tehran and Washington since United States President Donald Trump unilaterally abandoned a landmark 2015 nuclear deal past year and reimposed crippling sanctions.

The tweet did not specify a location for the incident it was referring to - or cite where such allegations arose from - but added "all U.S. equipment has been accounted for".

Washington insisted the aircraft shot down in June was in worldwide airspace, but Iran said it was over its territorial waters.

A US Defense official told the MailOnline: 'There are no reports of a USA drone being shot down'.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted in August of possible Israeli involvement in attacks on Iranian-backed militia positions in Iraq.

Washington has responded with a military build-up in the Gulf and put troops in place to support its allies in Saudi Arabia.

There was no immediate comment from the United States.

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