Israel said it has “evidence” of Iran’s involvement in the deadly attack off the coast of Oman. against an oil tanker run by an Israeli billionaire.
On Thursday, that tanker, the “Mercer Street”, was the target of a drone attack in the Sea of Oman, according to the US Army, which has several ships deployed in the region.
United States “Is conviced that Iran carried out the deadly attack, “Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said.
Washington “is consulting with the governments of the region and others, to obtain an appropriate and imminent response “, Blinken said in a statement.
US troops in the Gulf of Oman. Reuters photo
The attack, which was not claimed, caused two deaths: a British, an employee of the Ambrey security company, and a Romanian crew member, according to the ship’s operator, Zodiac Maritime, an international company based in London and owned by businessman Eyal Ofer.
On the same Thursday, the Israeli authorities already attributed its authorship to Iran, its arch enemy, but Tehran rejected these accusations and assured that they lack “foundation”.
“I just heard that Iran is cowardly trying to shirk its responsibility on this issue, which they deny [cualquier implicación]. But I can state with absolute certainty that Iran carried out this attack on the ship. […] There is proof of it “Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet said Sunday during a meeting of his government.
“We hope that the international community will clearly explain to the Iranian regime that it is making a serious mistake. In any case, we know how to send a message to Iran our way “, he added, without specifying more.
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid had already accused the Islamic Republic of “export terrorism, destruction and instability that hurts the whole world. “
The head of Israeli diplomacy spoke overnight from Saturday to Sunday with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and called for joint action at the UN against Tehran.
British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab also denounced on Sunday that the attack “deliberate” had been “carried out by Iran”, and demanded that the Iranian authorities “immediately cease actions that endanger regional and international peace and security.”
However, the Islamic Republic denied any implication in these events.
The Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blinken. Reuters photo
“The Zionist regime [Israel] it must stop these baseless accusations, “said Iranian diplomacy spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh during a press conference in Tehran.
“Iran will not hesitate for a moment to defend […] their interests and their national security, “he added.
The Japanese-flagged “Mercer Street” was sailing without cargo from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to Fujaira, a coastal town in the United Arab Emirates, Zodiac reported.
The British group Dryad Global, specialized in maritime security, referred to the attack on the tanker as “reprisals in the shadow war” between Iran and Israel.
The Sea of Oman is located between Iran and Oman and there is the strategic Strait of Hormuz, through which much of the world’s oil transits and where a coalition led by the United States is present.
Two ships of the Israeli operator Ray Shipping have already suffered attacks this year attributed to Iran, while Tehran accuses Iran of being behind attacks on Iranian commercial vessels in the Red Sea or the Mediterranean.
Iran and Israel are two of the great powers in the Middle East and are directly or indirectly at odds in Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.
At the epicenter of their current dispute is the issue of the Iranian nuclear program, according to analysts.