Israel Blames Iran for Alleged Attack on Israeli-Operated Tanker near Oman

A photo published by Al Alam TV of the burning Israeli ship following the alleged attack. (Photo: Courtesy Al Alam TV Website)

The Israeli government is blaming Iran for an attack this week on an Israeli-operated tanker off Oman, urging the international community to come up with a harsh response to the incident, which killed at least two of the vessel’s crew.

The Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid has reportedly laid the blame for the incident on Tehran after discussing the attack with his British counterpart Dominic Raab late on Friday.

“Iran is not just an Israeli problem, but an exporter of terrorism, destruction and instability that harms us all. The world must not be silent in the face of Iranian terrorism that also harms freedom of shipping,” Lapid said in a statement.

The Liberian-flagged tanker Mercer Street, operated by the Israel-based Zodiac Maritime company, came under attack late on Thursday. Initially reported as a piracy incident, the assault killed two crewmembers – a British and a Romanian national.

Despite the Israeli allegations, it is unclear what exactly happened to the vessel, though Israeli media, citing unnamed senior officials, claim that it was attacked by drones.

Iran has remained silent on the incident, neither denying nor confirming any involvement. Tehran-based Arabic-language broadcaster Al Alam TV, however, cited “sources in the resistance axis” to report that the strike on the Israeli-managed ship was a response to recent strikes on Dabaa airfield in Syria, used both by Syria’s military and by its ally, Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement.

Israel has repeatedly targeted Iranian positions in Syria in recent years. Additionally, Israel is blamed for various terrorist attacks targeting Iranian territories and ships in the Gulf. 

(PC, RT, Social Media) 

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1 Comment

  1. On the subject of “harming freedom of shipping”, that Zionist schmuck of Yair Lapid seems to be forgetting how Israel commits enormous harm upon the Palestinians by persistently attacking their little boats whenever they attempt to catch fish off the coast of Gaza.

    Iran’s attack on the Israeli-operated tanker was in retaliation for several Iranian ships that had previously been damaged by Israeli terrorist attacks. In addition, Israel’s Mossad terrorist organization has committed many acts of terrorism on the soil of Iran.

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