Five days after the Mercer Street attack. A group of 8 or 9 armed people boarded the Asphalt Princess flying the Panamanian flag to take control
The accident involving a British ship in the Gulf of Oman, 60 miles off the coast of Fujairah, in the United Arab Emirates, is a possible hijacking. This was announced by the British Navy. The Asphalt Princess, flying the Panamanian flag, has been seized: eight or nine armed people have come on board and taken control: the crew is now hostage.
The newspaper The Times, on Twitter, he writes that Iran is being accused of the suspected hijacking of the oil tanker. The armed men boarded are in fact “members of the Iranian army or their allies”. Intelligence sources told the Times that “the Asphalt Princess has no ties to either Britain or Israel.”
What happened only five days after the attack on another Israeli oil tanker off the coast of Oman, attributed to an Iranian drone, in which two crew members were killed. A spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, in a statement released to the agency Tasnim, has therefore defined the recurrence of maritime accidents in the Persian Gulf as “suspicious”. And speaking of the kidnapping five days ago, the Israeli defense minister, Benny Gantz, and the head of diplomacy, Yair Lapid, announced that they will meet tomorrow the ambassadors of the member countries of the UN Security Council: the leaders of the Jewish state they will provide diplomatic representatives with intelligence information attesting to Iranian responsibility in last week’s attack on the oil tanker operated by an Israeli company.
Just today NATO joined “the allies in strongly condemning the attack five days ago on the oil tanker Mercer Street off the coast of Oman.” In expressing condolences to Romania and the United Kingdom for the losses suffered, an Alliance spokesman said: “Freedom of navigation is vital for all NATO allies, and must be upheld in accordance with international law.” He recalled that “the United Kingdom, the United States and Romania have concluded that Iran is most likely responsible for this incident”. “The allies – concluded the spokesman – remain concerned about Iran’s destabilizing actions in the region and are asking Tehran to respect its international obligations”.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, during a visit to the northern border of the country, issued a warning to Tehran: “Iran knows the price we demand when someone threatens our security,” he said, always referring to the attack by five days at the tanker MV Mercer Street off Oman: “Sitting peacefully in Tehran while the whole Middle East is set on fire is over,” Bennett stressed, adding that he was “working to enlist the whole world, but at the moment we know how to act alone “.
There is great relief in Israel for the emergency situation reported by some ships off the coast of the Emirates, near the island of Fujairah. In the opening of the evening news broadcaster Kan and commercial TV Channel 12 have advanced the hypothesis that there are “between four and five” ships in difficulty. Meanwhile, Mercer Street arrived in Fujairah today, the oil tanker managed by an Israeli company that was attacked on Friday.