Israeli security officials suggested that Iran was behind the attack on the Mercer Street ship, which was on its way from Dar es Salaam to Fujairah, off the coast of Oman. According to the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper,
While Israeli sources reported that a drone had targeted the ship, the Zodiac company, owned by Israeli businessman Eyal Ofer, announced that two sailors, a British and a Romanian, were killed in the attack on the Japanese-owned ship.
An Israeli official said, “The slain Roman was the captain of the ship.” He also indicated that “the slain Briton is a security guard.”
Iran “accused” .. an Israeli
The newspaper quoted the official – whom it did not name – that “there is no symmetry between Israel and Iran, and this should not be presented as something similar, what the Iranians did is a criminal terrorist act, and we do not commit terrorist acts, and our actions are in line with all the rules and against terrorists.” As he claimed.
According to the source, “the Iranians moved against a ship carrying a foreign flag owned by a Japanese company and killed innocent civilians, and Israel has nothing to do here.”
The source added: “It is a British-run company and operates under the British Shipping Department, and there is mostly partial Israeli ownership” of the ship.
He continued, “There is no balance here. They want to (impose) the rules of the terrorists and harm innocent civilians.”
The source added that “the Iranians do not know how to be selective,” noting that the Iranians had targeted ships “unrelated to Israel.”
In this regard, the source said: “This ship is not linked to the Israeli shipping director, has no flag and has no Israeli goods, and it was not on its way to and from Israel.”
He stated that the attack on the ship was a “terrorist act against a civilian target,” explaining that “the ship is unarmed,” noting that “innocent Europeans were killed.”
The source said, “The Iranians, with their partial intelligence, are carrying out terrorist acts. Now they are involved with the Romans and the British.”
“The ship is under the control of the crew”
In turn, the company said: “The ship is under the control of the crew,” explaining that it is “sailing with the American naval forces to a safe place,” without giving further details about where it headed.
And news reports quoted the Maritime Security website, Dryand, as saying that the attack on the Israeli ship in the Arabian Sea was carried out by a drone.
The website added that the Israeli ship was subjected to two attacks in the Arabian Sea, and the nature of the second attack was unknown.
British Defense: Attack on an Israeli ship
Earlier Friday, the British Ministry of Defense said that an Israeli ship had been attacked off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea, hours after reports received by a British naval authority of the attack, the Associated Press reported.
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The Defense Ministry said in a statement on Friday that it was still investigating the reported attack on an Israeli ship.
A brief statement issued by the UK Maritime Trade Operations said that an investigation was underway into the incident, which occurred late Thursday evening, northeast of the Omani island of Masirah, and was not an act of piracy.
And this British authority had said, on Thursday, that it was investigating another unexplained incident in the same area, but it did not go into further details.
The US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, which patrols the Middle East, did not immediately respond to a request for comment by the agency.
Why did Oman not comment?
For its part, the Omani “Al-Shaheen” account, famous on the Twitter site, denied on Friday the news that the attack that targeted an Israeli ship had taken place off the coast of Oman.
Al-Shaheen said in a tweet monitored by Watan: “Contrary to what is being reported by some news sources,,, the attack on the Israeli ship took place 175 nautical miles from the port of Duqm, northeast of Masirah Island, deep in international waters and not ((off the coasts). Omani)).
Al-Shaheen stressed that the Omani authorities’ refusal to comment on the incident is logical, as it is outside the Sultanate’s areas of responsibility.
🔴 Important 🔴
Contrary to what is reported by some news sources,,, the attack on the Israeli ship took place 175 nautical miles from the port of Duqm, northeast of Masirah Island, deep in international waters and not ((off the Omani coast)).
The Omani authorities’ refusal to comment on the incident is logical as it is outside our areas of responsibility
— 🦅 @_𝗙𝗔𝗟𝗖𝗢𝗡_𝟬𝟭🇴🇲 Al-Shaheen (@_FALCON_01) July 30, 2021
For his part, prominent Omani writer Zakaria al-Mahrami commented on the attack, saying that it was a “remarkable development a few days before the hard-line President Ibrahim Raisi took power in Iran.”
A remarkable development a few days before the hard-line President Ibrahim Raisi took power in Iran https://t.co/FZPvl2MVfo
— Zakaria Al Muharrami (@almuharrmi) July 30, 2021
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