The Iranian soldiers opened fire at the same time to prevent pirates from attacking an Iranian oil tanker that crossed the Strait of Mande to the Gulf of Aden.
24 pirates on 4 ships on 1/11 tried to approach one Iran On the way to the Mande Strait between the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. Iran’s state television reported: “Iranian escorts fired warning shots to prevent the attack.”
This is the second time the Iranian navy has opened fire in the past two weeks to repel pirates trying to attack Iranian ships in the area.
In mid-October, Iranian media reported that five pirate ships tried to attack two oil tankers but fled after the Iranian armed forces fired warning shots. The video released at the time showed that Iranian sailors shot with machine guns and assault rifles, causing the pirates to flee.
The Mande Strait is located in one of the most important waterways in the world. The narrow passage between the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden made the Mande Strait a frequent location for pirate attacks. The Bab-el Mandeb Strait is also located near Somalia, and many pirate crews in the area originated here.
Pirates in this area often use canoes or high-speed boats to follow large ships, then use ladders to climb up, control and capture sailors for ransom. In recent years, due to the presence of the navy, piracy in the area has decreased significantly, and many cargo ships have hired armed security personnel to protect themselves.
Iran also announced that its navy has increased its presence in the area to protect maritime safety. Iranian oil tankers have recently sailed regularly across the Red Sea to Lebanon to supply oil in order to alleviate the fuel crisis in Middle Eastern countries.
Ruan Jin (follow Jerusalem post)