An Israeli oil tanker has come under attack again amid continuing tensions with Iran. This oil tanker is said to be owned by a billionaire Israeli businessman. The attack took place in the Arabian Sea, near the Arabian coast. Two people who were part of the tanker’s crew died in the attack. The two deceased are believed to be residents of Great Britain and Romania.
Oman and the US Navy remained silent on the attack
According to the report, the attack was carried out Thursday night against the oil tanker Mercer Street. The incident took place in the northeast of Oman’s Masira Island on Thursday evening. This place is over 300 km from Muscat, the capital of Oman. Oman has not admitted to an immediate attack. The US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, which patrols the West Asia maritime region, has yet to respond.
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Questions arise about the timing of the attack
Israeli officials have not confirmed the incident. However, the alleged incident comes at a time when tensions between Israel and Iran have escalated and Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers remains at a standstill. Other Israeli-owned ships have also been attacked in recent months. The proxy war between the two countries continues, and Israeli officials have blamed Iran for the attacks.
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The British army gave information about the attack
A statement issued by the UK Maritime Trade Operations, a unit of the British Army, said the incident was under investigation. It was said that the incident took place in the northeast of Masira Island in Oman on Thursday evening. The statement did not give further details, but other sources said he did not suspect piracy in the attack. On Thursday, a British military group said it was investigating another incident in the same area.
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The Israeli company also spoke about the attack.
Zodiac Group, Israeli billionaire AirOffer, released a statement from London-based Zodiac Management claiming that the ship is an oil tanker named “Merser Street” and is owned by Japan. Previously, the information given by the British Ministry of Defense on the owners of the vessel was incorrect. Zodiac Maritime described the attack as piracy, without giving details. The ship was in the North Indian Sea at the time of the incident and was en route from Dar es Salaam to Fujairah, the statement said. There was no cargo on it.
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Tensions persist over nuclear deal with Iran
The incident comes at a time when tensions have escalated over the Iran nuclear deal and talks in Vienna to restore it have stalled. Former US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the deal in 2018, after which there were several attacks on ships in the region and their suspicion fell on Tehran.
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The news of the attack also in the Iranian media
Iranian media cited foreign information about the attack, but did not provide details. The attack came the night that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Iran in Kuwait that talks on the nuclear deal in Vienna could not continue indefinitely.