US issues warning on airspace near Gulf

Last Updated: May 18 2019 19:16
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The Federal Aviation Administration issued an advisory to U.S. commercial airliners flying over the waters of the Gulf and the Gulf of Oman to exercise caution as tensions between Washington and Tehran continue to simmer. 

On Thursday, the advisory, issued by the FAA and circulated late on Friday, said the warning came amidst "heightened military activities and increased political tensions in the region which present an increasing inadvertent risk to U.S. civil aviation operations due to the potential for miscalculation or mis-identification". 

In recent days, the tensions have risen with concerns about a potential U.S.-Iran conflict.

Washington has increased economic sanctions and built up its military presence in the region, accusing Iran of threats to U.S. troops and interests. Tehran has described those steps as "psychological warfare" and a "political game". On Friday, a defiant Iran said it could "easily" hit U.S. ships.