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Iranian Navy to stage drills, says Bab el-Mandeb cannot be closed

Iranian Navy to stage drills, says Bab el-Mandeb cannot be closed

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Date: 10 January 2016 13:27

Tehran, Iran, Jan. 10

By Mehdi Sepahvand –- Trend:

The Iranian Navy is going to stage a war game in less than ten days, Deputy Commander Qolamreza Khadem Bigham said.

Pointing to threats the country faces, he said the drill will be staged to the north of the Indian Ocean, Tasnim news agency reported January 10.

Bigham made the statement in a ceremony welcoming Fleet 37 of the Iranian Army back home.

Pointing to speculations that Bab el-Mandeb is going to be closed, the commander said international regulations do not allow any country to close shipping ways even during wars.

He concluded by adding that Iran’s Fleet 38 is taking off to the Gulf of Aden and Bab el-Mandeb in a few days.

There have been speculations that Djibouti is going to block the way on Iranian commercial ships after it severed ties with Iran. The African country did so after Saudi Arabia cut ties with Iran in a political skirmish.

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