|USWAR/Rumors of US or
British paratroopers landing in Iran denied |
Abadan, Khuzestan prov, March 27, IRNA -- An official for security
affairs in the southern province of Khuzestan denied here Thursday
rumors that two US or British paratroopers had landed in the southern
part of the province in the area called 'Khur-e Doraq'.
He told IRNA that there is no truth to such assertion and that in
contacts with local people they have rejected any indication that
foreign forces have landed on the Iranian soil.
Earlier on Thursday, several reports had quoted villagers in the
area as saying that two British or US pilots or paratroopers had
veered off-course due to strong winds and landed in the area.
Khuzestan borders Iraq and although several war-related incidents
have occurred in the area, life goes on as usual.
The head of provincial port of Abadan Shipping Organization
Hedayatollah Feyze-Mahdavi said here Wednesday that despite the
intense fighting close to Iran-Iraq border shipping is still operating
"There are no unusual security fallout due to the war at the
port," he said, adding there have been no snags in customs operations
or in loading and unloading of goods.
He said shipping is taking place normally and "only due to the
Iranian new year holiday the activity has somewhat tapered off."
Abadan is one of the busiest ports in Iran with huge volume of
cargo passing through its docks daily.
At least three projectiles have landed in the Iranian territory
since the war began last Thursday and Tehran has blamed both the
coalition forces and Iraq for the attacks.
Two severe blasts rocked the city of Abadan last Friday. The
explosions were followed by a column of smoke and dust across the
border inside the Iraqi territory.
Iranian oil depot in the southwestern city of Abadan had been
target of the first rocket fired from an American plane. At least two
people, including a guard of the depot, were injured in the attack and
the injured were taken to hospital.
last Update Thursday, 27-Mar-2003
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