BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The assistant to the Iranian ambassador to Iraq, Mousa Ali Zadeh Tabatabaei, revealed this on Friday the true reason behind the sinking of the Behbehan ship in Iraqi waters on Thursday evening.

According to the official Islamic Republic News agency (IRNA), Tabatabaei said that the reason for the sinking of the Iranian ship is due to the storms and unfavorable weather conditions in the waters of Khor Abdullah in the Basra Governorate, southern Iraq.

Tabatabai said: “Seven of the crew (six Iranians and one Indian) were on board the ship, one of whom died, one Indian and one Iranian are missing, while four other crew members were rescued, all of whom Iranian nationality . ”

The Director General of Safety and Security of the Iranian Ports and Maritime Organization, Nader Binda, on Friday ruled out finding the two missing persons due to bad weather conditions.

“Because of the bad weather conditions, the use of aviation services to find the two missing people from Behbehan is also limited and difficult,” he told IRNA.

In the same context, the Iranian authorities sent a ship (Naji 17) to the scene of the accident in coordination with the Iraqi side to search for the missing.

The Iraqi MP from Basra Governorate, Kazem Finjan Al-Hammami, had previously reported Friday morning that an Iranian ship bearing the name Behbehan had sunk outside of Khor Abdullah port.

For its part, the Iraqi National News Agency (an independent news agency) quoted an informed source as saying that the Iranian ship that sank in the middle of last night in the Iraqi territorial waters in Khor Abdullah, was waiting to be instructed to enter the port of Umm Qasr.

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The source pointed out that “the ship was loaded with (850) tons of ceramics, and that its sinking site is far from the Iraqi shipping lane and does not hinder maritime navigation in Iraq.”

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