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Basking in the Middle East -- UN ship fires on a boat off the coast of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates has more on this breaking news Jennifer Griffin joins us from the Pentagon Jennifer.
Hi -- well we can confirm from two senior US defense officials that the US NS US navy -- -- -- back panic fired shots on a small vessel that approached it in territorial waters off the United Arab Emirates.
Earlier today that is not far from the Strait of Hormuz it's not clear whether it was north or south of the Strait of Hormuz.
The UAE coastline goes just on either side of that narrow -- where all the oil tankers passed through the US in a strap a Hanik.
Is a US navy.
-- we're told by sources that the that the -- will ship.
Fired warning shots at this small dingy capsized boat that approach -- The -- turned away as if -- were leaving and then turned back around we're told by sources.
Towards the boat and that's when the US in S -- Hanna fired again where.
We -- hearing reports.
From the United Arab Emirates through the US consulate there that.
One person was killed three others injured on that Dini as it approached the US -- S.
-- -- -- It is extremely unusual -- for a US navy ship to fire in the very tense area around the Strait of Hormuz we've heard.
About you know the repeated threats from the Iranian.
Leadership that they have threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz to prevent oil tankers from going through.
We haven't seen any signs of that but certainly all of the US fifth fleet -- fifth -- that are out there are on high alert.
And they are concerned certainly whenever they see these sort of small being he's approaching.
There -- sides after in the wake of the USS -- years ago as well as.
Other attempts by the Iranian revolutionary guard to swarm.
Navy vessels in the Persian gulf and in the Strait of Hormuz Jenna and don't actually see him what's being describes the -- Was on the way towards the ship can you tell us anything about white senior officials are telling you.
About whether that was in military vessel whether it look like commercial fishermen.
Any description of that -- further.
Right now it's not clear whether this was.
And a vessel that had a flag attached whether it's clear which country it was.
Flag to whether it was a military vessel or whether it was fishing -- commercial vessel.
Day US navy sources that we've spoken to.
Suggests that they're still getting information.
This incident happened not long -- But what we can tell you is that the Iranian revolutionary guard in the past have.
Tested US navy ships in those waters by swarming small vessels around them so.
This is something that US navy vessels are quite used to but what was on usual about this case is that this -- Appeared to.
Turn away from the US and S rep I Hanik and then come back towards it now that -- panic because it's carrying oil would be extremely flammable if there were any sort of attack on it said that is why.
These civilians on board the US NS -- Hanik fired.
Because they felt that they felt at that point there lives were in danger.
Another point we're just learning from officials here at the Pentagon that they USS John C Stennis an aircraft carrier group.
Is on -- To -- Persian gulf and will be arriving for months ahead of schedule right now there are two aircraft carrier groups in the Persian gulf.
The Stennis now -- told.
Will be heading to the region and will be arriving for months early this does not mean that the US navy is going up to a three carrier.
A group position.
But we're told from pentagon officials that.
Essentially they want the status in place so that there is not a gap where there's only one aircraft carry in that very tense region near off the -- every.
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