September 2, 2019 / 8:17 AM / 17 days ago

UK considers deploying drones to the Gulf amid Iran tensions: Sky News

(Reuters) - The United Kingdom is considering deploying British drones to the Gulf amid tensions with Iran, Sky News reported early on Monday.

UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) has a number of Reaper drones based in nearby Kuwait and flying over Iraq and Syria. These could be re-tasked if the decision to deploy drones to the Gulf is taken, Sky News said.

The drones will help with overhead surveillance as British warships are continuing to escort UK-flagged tankers through the Strait of Hormuz, according to the report bit.ly/2lElWoO.

On Friday, the UK called for broad support to tackle Gulf shipping threats after Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker in the strait in July.

Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman

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