Tension Between India and Pakistan – Troops Deployed to Border; A Fighter Jet Crashed; Iran Seizes Third Tanker
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on August 5 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Indian Kashmir under indefinite lockdown, thousands of troops deployed to border
Tensions have soared along the volatile, highly militarized frontier between India and Pakistan in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, as India has deployed more troops and ordered thousands of visitors out of the region, France 24 reported.
Indian firing Sunday along the Line of Control that separates Kashmir between the arch-rivals wounded a woman and the ongoing skirmishes spread fear in border villages, Pakistani police said. The frontier residents on the Pakistani side are either moving out to safer places or have begun construction of new bunkers, with some strengthening existing shelters near their homes.
Pakistan and India, which both claim Kashmir in its entirety, routinely blame each other for initiating border skirmishes, but the latest ones come amid the Indian government’s evacuation order of tourists and Hindu pilgrims and a build-up of troops in its part of the region.
The measures have sparked fears in Kashmir that New Delhi is planning to scrap an Indian constitutional provision that forbids Indians from outside the region from buying land in the Muslim-majority territory. In recent days, Hindu-majority India has deployed at least 10,000 troops in Kashmir, with media reports of a further 25,000 ordered to one of the world’s most militarized regions.
Iranian fighter jet crashes near Persian Gulf
An Iranian fighter jet crashed in southern Iran on Sunday, according to the semi-official Mehr news agency, MEMO reported.
The aircraft went down in the southern Bushehr province near the Persian Gulf due to “technical problems”, Abdol-Hossein Rafieepour, governor of Tangestan Couny in southern Iran, said.
He said both the pilot and the co-pilot were safe.
No other information was available at the time of writing.
Iran seizes Iraqi oil tanker smuggling fuel in Gulf – TV
Iranian Revolutionary Guards seized an Iraqi oil tanker in the Gulf which they said was smuggling fuel and detained seven crewmen, Reuters reported.
The vessel was intercepted near Iran’s Farsi Island in the Gulf, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency said. The elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has a navy base on Farsi Island which is located north of the Strait of Hormuz.
“The IRGC’s naval forces have seized a foreign oil tanker in the Persian Gulf that was smuggling fuel for some Arab countries,” the Guards commander Ramezan Zirahi told state TV.
The state news agency IRNA, quoting the Guards, said it was an Iraqi ship that was seized in the Gulf.
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