Nineteen sailors were killed and a further 15 were wounded when an Iranian missile fired during a training exercise in the Gulf of Oman struck a support vessel near its target, the Iranian army said Monday, amid heightened tensions between Tehran and the US.

“On Sunday afternoon, during an exercise by a number of the navy’s vessels in Jask and Chabahar waters, the Konarak light support vessel had an accident,” said a statement on the army’s website.

“The number of this accident’s martyrs is 19 and 15 have also been injured,” it added, saying the vessel had been towed ashore.

The statement significantly raised the death toll in Sunday’s incident from what was reported just hours earlier, when Iran’s state media said at least one sailor was killed.

However, local Gulf reports said that up to 40 sailors were dead and several more wounded.

Videos posted on social media purported to show injured sailors being rescued and taken for treatment.

FREE COPY: Understanding the threat from Iran

Covering the threat from Iran to Israel and the West, plus the plight of the Iranian people: Read our Operation Mordecai campaign booklet online or receive a FREE copy by post.

Related Articles:

Hamas honours Al Jazeera / AJ+ for its biased reporting during the conflict

Anyone who has stumbled upon an Al Jazeera article or watched an AJ+ video can see the anti-Israel bias at the heart of their journalism. The Qatari based media outlets have...

Anti-Israel activist who vandalised Warsaw Ghetto now advising UK teachers over anti-Semitism

An anti-Israel journalist who has committed anti-Semitic hate crimes has been given access to influence British teachers to spread her anti-Israel agenda through the guise of tackling...

Israel, Italy, USA and UK air forces train together for advanced combat

Italy, the UK, the USA and Israel are taking part in joint military exercises this week, with Israel confirming that training for aerial strikes on Iran was a focus for the...

Israel reveals how Hamas used Gaza media building to jam Iron Dome

Israel has shared with the Associated Press (AP) specific information about how an office block that it shared in Gaza was being used by Hamas to try and jam Israel's anti-missile...

‘My father was killed for supporting Israel’

The daughter of an American politician who was assassinated by a Palestinian terrorist in the US has spoken to Israeli media of her father’s support for Israel, the ‘special...

Subscribe to start receiving FREE TORCH magazines from CUFI UK