Iranian missile hit Israel-owned ship in Arabian Sea, TV says –

Iranian missile hit Israel-owned ship in Arabian Sea, TV says

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An Iranian missile hit an Israeli ship sailing from Tanzania to India, Israel’s Channel 12 said, without saying where it got the information from or how Iran was implicated.

It is the fourth time in about a month that staunch enemies have traded accusations of attacks at sea, and it comes amid heightened tensions as Israel opposes US President Joe Biden’s efforts to meet with the 2015 agreement that limited Iran’s nuclear activities.

The Israeli army spokesman did not comment and there was no response from XT Management, the company Channel 12 cited as owning the Israeli ship. Officials in Iran, where a public holiday is celebrated, could not be reached for comment.

The freighter continued toward its destination, according to Ronen Solomon, intelligence analyst and chief of the Intelli Times blog, which confirmed the details of the reported attack in the Arabian Sea with people close to the matter. He identified the ship as the LORI and said that a missile or mine deployed by one of Iran’s fleets of small military vessels was likely to blame.

Earlier this month, Iran said Israel was likely behind an explosion that damaged an Iranian container ship in the Mediterranean, and Israel’s environment minister alleged that an Iranian ship deliberately dumped oil into Israeli waters. An Israeli maritime intelligence company, Windward, later said that the oil spill likely originated from the oil trade breaking sanctions between Iran and Syria.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in February that Iran was responsible for an inexplicable explosion on an Israeli-owned cargo ship in the Persian Gulf. The Israeli daily Haaretz reported last week that Israel has hit several dozen Iranian tankers in recent weeks, causing cumulative damage to Iran in the billions of dollars.

“This is not the beginning of a naval campaign, we are in the middle of one,” Solomon said.

– With the assistance of Golnar Motevalli and Yaacov Benmeleh

(Updates with analyst comments beginning in the fourth paragraph.)


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