Iran is being blamed by Israel for a deadly oil ship attack
31th July, 2021
Iran has been blamed by Israel for an attack on an oil ship that killed two crew members, a British national and a Romanian citizen.
When the incident occurred on Thursday, the MV Mercer Street, run by the London-based business Zodiac Maritime, was off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea. The company, which is owned by Israeli shipping billionaire Eyal Ofer, said it was investigating the incident. However, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid denounced "Iranian terrorism" on Friday.
The attack on the Liberian-flagged, Japanese-owned tanker, however, is yet unknown. Iran has yet to respond to the accusations. According to some accounts, a drone was engaged in the event, which appears to be a major escalation of hostilities in the region. The UK government, according to a spokeswoman, is also working to "urgently establish the facts."
Yair Lapad, Israel's foreign minister, called for a harsh response and said he was consulting with his British counterpart, Dominic Raab, and that the matter would be taken to the United Nations.
It would be difficult for Israel to turn a blind eye to the attack, according to an unnamed Israeli official.