Oil tankers attacked | Israel says it has evidence of Iranian involvement and dismisses the charges

(Jerusalem) Israel claimed on Sunday that it had “evidence” of Iran’s involvement in a deadly attack on an oil tanker operated by an Israeli billionaire in the Arabian Sea and threatened reprisal after Tehran found it unrelated to it Case had denied.

Posted on Aug 1, 2021 at 12:47 pm

On Thursday, the oil tanker Mercer Street was the target of a drone strike in the Arabian Sea, according to the US military, several of which are present in the region.

According to the shipowner Zodiac Maritime, an international company based in London and run by Eyal Ofer, the unasserted attack left two dead, a British man who works for the Ambrey security company and a Romanian crew member.

Israel immediately pointed a finger at Iran; its foreign minister, Yair Lapid, accused the Islamic Republic on Friday of “being an exporter of terrorism, destruction and instability that harms everyone”.

The Israeli Foreign Minister, who telephoned US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday night, called on the United Nations to take action against Iran.

London is of the opinion that this “deliberate” action was “carried out by Iran”, said British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab on Sunday and called on the country to “immediately stop its actions that are affecting the peace and security of the region as well as the international one Endanger the threat ”.

Iran, Israel’s great rival, has denied any involvement in this affair: “The Zionist regime (Israel, editor’s note) must stop (start) with such unfounded accusations, said diplomacy spokesman Saïd Khatibzadeh on Sunday Press conference in Tehran.

And to add: “Iran will not hesitate for a moment to defend its interests and national security.”

In Jerusalem, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who succeeded Benjamin Netanyahu in June, reacted sharply and directly to the Iranian rejection.

“I just heard that Iran is cowardly trying to evade its responsibility in this affair, which it denies (any involvement, editor’s note). So I can say with absolute certainty that Iran carried out this attack on the ship. […] There is evidence of that, ”he said at a weekly meeting of his government.

“We expect the international community to make it clear to the Iranian regime that it has made a serious mistake. In any case, we know how to send a message to Iran in our own way, ”added Bennett without further explanation.

For retired General Yossi Kuperwasser, Israel could try to increase global pressure on Iran. However, he also retains the option of “acting outside the diplomatic field,” as the Prime Minister suggests.

“My hypothesis is that action should be taken against the Iranian presence in Syria,” said Kuperwasser to the Israeli military radio.

“Shadow war”

Dryad Global, a company specializing in maritime security, spoke of new “reprisals in the shadow war between the two powers” with reference to Iran and Israel.

The Mercer Street ship was sailing carriage paid from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to Fujairah, United Arab Emirates when it was attacked, according to Zodiac Maritime, which operates the Japanese-flagged Liberian flagship, and appears to have witnessed recent protests. the enmity between Iran and Israel.

For years, Israel and Iran have collided directly or indirectly in Lebanon, Syria and the Palestinian Gaza Strip. But in recent months this rivalry has expanded with the emergence of a mysterious series of acts of sabotage and attack on the sea.

On March 10, a cargo ship belonging to the Iranian state shipping company IRISL, Iran Shahr-e-Kord, was hit in the hull by an explosive device in the Mediterranean. Tehran then confirmed that “everything indicates that the occupation regime of Jerusalem (Israel in the official Iranian phraseology, editor’s note) was behind this operation”.

In April Iran announced that an Iranian “merchant ship”, the Saviz, had been damaged by an explosion of unknown origin in the Red Sea. The New York Times then reported that the Saviz had been targeted by an Israeli “retaliatory attack” following “previous attacks by Iran on Israeli ships”.

For analysts, this showdown at sea is part of a larger rivalry over the Iranian nuclear issue, with Tehran trying to increase pressure to secure a new cheap deal while the Hebrew state tries to prevent it.

The Iranian authorities have also repeatedly accused Israel of sabotaging some of its uranium enrichment facilities and even murdering scientists linked to the development of this program.

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