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A number of airlines stop flights over the Strait of Hormuz


The incident with the downed Iranian drone of the United States made a number of international airlines refuse to fly over the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf.

Several international airlines, including German Lufthansa, the Dutch KLM and British Airways, said on Friday, June 21, that their aircraft would not fly over the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf due to the incident with the downed American drone, AP news agency reported.

As stated on the website of the Dutch airline KLM, it is a “precautionary measure”, the cause of which is “the incident with the drone”.

In turn, a representative of Lufthansa said that the corresponding changes in the routes have entered into force on Thursday, June 20. The ban does not apply to the entire territory of Iran, and the airline will continue to make flights to the capital, Tehran, he said.

Earlier, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the ban on flights of US-registered aircraft over the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, linking this decision with an increase in political tension in the region.

On Thursday, Iran's elite troops - the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps - reported that they shot down a US intelligence drone that had invaded Iranian airspace.

The American command confirmed the information that the Navy MQ-4C Triton drone was shot down by Iran, but indicated that this happened over international waters.

This incident contributed to a further increase in tensions between Tehran and Washington.

On Friday, The New York Times reported that, in response to information about the downed drone, on Thursday evening, June 20, US President Donald Trump ordered the US Air Force to strike at Iranian targets, but later recalled it. The target of the strike should have been Iran’s radar and rocket batteries, an anonimous source in the White House told the publication.

In turn, Iran confirmed its readiness for defense and announced that it intends to file a complaint with the UN about the "aggressive use of drones" by the United States. Although Tehran does not want a military conflict in the Persian Gulf, it will defend its borders against "irrational American attacks", "without a moment's hesitation," representatives of the Iranian authorities said.

source: apnews.com, nytimes.com