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Iranian MPs to Visit Site of Downed US Spy Drone

A number of Iranian lawmakers plan to visit an area south of the country where the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) shot down an advanced US spy drone, a parliamentarian said.

Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency, Ehsan Ghazizadeh Hashemi said according to a decision by the presiding board of the parliament, a number of MPs are slated to pay a visit to the Abu Musa island in southern Iran on the anniversary of the US move to shoot down an Iranian civilian airliner in 1988, which killed 290 people on board, including 66 children.

In addition to visiting the site of the incident, the MPs plan to go to the area where a US spy drone was recently shot down by the IRGC Aerospace Force.

The IRGC said on June 20 that a US spy drone that violated the Iranian territorial airspace in the early hours of the day was shot down by the IRGC Aerospace Force’s air defense unit near the Kooh-e-Mobarak region in the southern province of Hormozgan.

The intruding drone was reportedly shot by Iran’s homegrown air defense missile system “Khordad-3rd”.

In comments made a few hours after the incident, IRGC Commander Major General Hossein Salami said the shooting down of the US aircraft had a straightforward message that any foreign intrusion into Iran’s sovereign territories would draw a crushing response.

“The downing of the US drone had an explicit, decisive and clear message that defenders of the Islamic Iran’s borders will show decisive and knockout reactions to aggression against this territory by any alien,” he said.

“Borders are our redline, and any enemy violating these borders will not go back,” the commander underlined.

He also made it clear that Iran is not seeking war with any country but is fully prepared for any confrontation. “Today’s incident was a clear sign of such a precise message.”

The general also reminded the enemies that the only way for them to remain safe is to respect Iran’s territorial integrity, national security and vital interests.

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