One British and one Romanian citizen were killed in an attack off the coast of Oman. The vessel belongs to a company of an Israeli businessman based in London.
31.7. 9:38 | Updated 18:57
Oman an oil tanker off the coast of the Arabian Sea was attacked on Thursday in a plane crash, killing two crew members. One of them was a British citizen, the other a Romanian citizen.
The London-based vessel management company and the U.S. military reported on the matter on Friday. Israel blames Iran for the attack.
For example, the news agencies Reuters and AFP and BBC.
Britannian foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday that the country holds Iran guilty of the attack.
“Britain condemns this illegal and heartless attack on a merchant ship. We believe that the Iranian attack was intentional, targeted and contrary to international law. ”
According to Raab, the country is sketching a joint response with its allies on the occasion of the event.
Iran denied being behind the attack on Sunday. Spokesman for the country’s Foreign Ministry Saeed Khatibzadeh called the allegations “unfounded”.
“Iran will not hesitate for a moment to defend its own national security and interests,” Khatibzadeh said at the news conference.
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said a message on Twitter said terrorism by Iran was damaging maritime freedom.
“Iran is not just a problem for Israel, but we all suffer from its acts of terrorism and the devastation and instability it causes,” Lapid wrote.
Lapid said he ordered his diplomat to liaise with the U.S. and British governments as well as the UN.
M / T The Mercer Street platform is managed by a well-known Israeli billionaire Eyal Oferin company. It said it was working to find out what had happened. The British administration has also reported.
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid accused Iran of terrorism on Friday.
“Iran is not just a problem for Israel, but a problem for the world. Its behavior threatens the freedom of shipping and international trade, ”the minister’s press release said.
Sources interviewed by Reuters who appeared to be anonymous about U.S. and European intelligence services also said Iran was the main suspect. However, the details of the attack are still unclear.
The vessel operates under the Liberian flag and is Japanese-owned. It was reportedly now under the control of the crew and en route to a safe destination escorted by the U.S. Navy.
Iskun is expected to further tighten the gap between the states in the region. The BBC’s security reporter notes that the “shadow war” between Israel and Iran is on the rise.
There have been other attacks on Israeli and Iranian-controlled ships in recent months, with both countries both prosecuting and denying guilt.
AFP reported that an Iranian Arabic-language television channel reported, based on its anonymous sources, that the attack would have been revenge for a recent Israeli attack on an airport in Syria. No further information was provided.