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USWAR/Large-sized warplane violates Iranian airspace again

 Arvand-Kenar, March 22, IRNA -- A large-sized British or US warplane  
violated Iranian airspace in this border region across from Iraq's    
Al-Faw Peninsula on Saturday, as the number of such violations since  
Friday rose.                                                          
    The aircraft, which flew on a low altitude, patrolled the sky for 
several minutes, sending several flashes, before heading towards the  
besieged Basra city in southern Iraq at 19:22 (1452 GMT).             
    Abadan governor, Jamal Alemi, said Friday that US warplanes had   
violated the Iranian airspace above the city five times Friday night. 
There were reports of further violations earlier Saturday in          
Arvand-Kenar.                                                         
    On Friday, three Iranians were injured after a straying US plane  
fired a rocked into an oil depot in the southwestern city of Abadan.  
    Two more American rockets hit the village of Manyuhi in           
Arvand-Kenar Saturday, a military commander in the region said.       
    The Islamic Republic has taken a position of "active neutrality"  
in the US war against Iraq but it has condemned the invasion.         
    Iran on Friday strongly objected to the violation of its airspace 
by summoning Swiss ambassador, which takes care of US interests here, 
as well as British ambassador.                                        
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