Iran Rebuffs Claims of Violating Bahrain's Airspace

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Foreign Ministry dismissed the Bahraini government's claims that a drone owned by Iran has violated the airspace of the tiny Persian Gulf Arab country.

An informed source at the Iranian foreign ministry on Thursday strongly refuted the allegations made by a Bahraini official that an Iranian drone had violated Bahrain's air space.

Bahrain's Interior Minister on Wednesday claimed that an Iranian drone was spotted in Bahrain's airspace in the Northern part of the country near Saudi Arabia.

The Iranian foreign ministry official also advised the Bahraini government to respect the legitimate rights of its people instead of raising baseless allegations.

Anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February 2011, calling for an end to the al-Khalifa dynasty.

Violence against the defenseless people escalated after a Saudi-led conglomerate of police, security and military forces from the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) member states - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar - were dispatched to the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom on March 2011, to help Manama crack down on peaceful protestors.

So far, tens of protesters have been killed, hundreds have gone missing and thousands of others have been injured.