19 Jul, 2019
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps released footage which it says disproves the US claim of shooting down an Iranian drone over the Strait of Hormuz, showing the video was transmitted after the alleged time it was destroyed.
The elite military unit published the footage on Friday and it was aired and commented on live on the state TV channel Press TV. The video appears to depict American warship USS Boxer sailing through the strait in the early hours of July 19, according to the timestamp shown.
🔴 DO NOT MISS 🔴#IRGC releases video showing its #drone -the #US alleges to have downed-safely returning to its base after monitoring #USSBoxer before and after the vessel sailed through the Strait of #Hormuz.
— Press TV (@PressTV) July 19, 2019
In a statement, the IRGC said it published the footage “to let the world’s opinion know that the allegation is groundless and a sheer lie,” arguing the video contradicts the timeframe presented by Washington and that all Iranian drones returned safely to their bases.
Second footage of USS Boxer captured by IRGC surveillance drone Trump said the warship has downed pic.twitter.com/j63TDzTxnH
— Reza Khaasteh (@Khaaasteh) July 19, 2019
— EHA News (@eha_news) July 19, 2019
On Thursday, US President Donald Trump said the drone was shot down after approaching within of 900 meters of USS ‘Boxer’ and “threatening the safety of the ship and the ship’s crew.” Tehran has rejected Washington’s version of events.
“We have not lost any drone in the Strait of Hormuz nor anywhere else,” Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi tweeted on Friday morning. “I am worried that USS Boxer has shot down their own UAS by mistake!”