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Iran says military presence of Israel in the Gulf ‘sparks a war’

Iran says military presence of Israel in the Gulf ‘sparks a war’
posted onAugust 12, 2019

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) naval commander Alireza Tangsiri on Sunday warned that the presence of Israel in the Persian Gulf may spark a war.

Early August, Israel announced that it will join US-led coalition to prevent Iran from destabilizing trade routes in the Persian Gulf.

“Any illegitimate presence by the Zionists in the waters of the Persian Gulf could spark a war,” Tangsiri told reporters, adding that IRGCs are in charge of the security of the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf and “there is no need for strangers to enter the region.”

“The security of the Gulf has been a vital issue for us (Islamic Republic of Iran) and it always remains as important as it is now. We believe that the navigation in the Strait should remain international,” Tangsiri said, doubting the forming of US-led coalition, “The military presence of Western countries will disturb the security of the region.”

 In the last three months, Oil tankers were attacked, ships including two UK-flag vessels were detained and a US drone downed by the members of IRGCs, which designated as a foreign terrorist organization by US.