Israel Accuses Iran Of Attack On Oil Tanker

US ‘confident’ Iran likely behind attack
A picture taken on  August 3, 2021 shows the Israeli-linked Japanese-owned tanker MT Mercer Street, off the port of the Gulf Emirate of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates. - On July 29, two crew members of the tanker MT Mercer Street, managed by a prominent Israeli businessman's company, were killed in what appears to be a drone attack off Oman, the vessel's London-based operator and the US military say, with Israel blaming Iran. (Photo by Karim SAHIB / AFP) (Photo by KARIM SAHIB/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • On Wednesday, Israel accused Iran of launching a drone attack targeted at an oil tanker off the coast of Oman.
  • A Liberian-flagged, Israeli-affiliated tanker carrying gas oil was struck by a self-destructing drone, which, according to an Israeli official, is the same model as those used in Ukraine.
  • Though the attack did not inflict major damage, an unnamed Israeli official said, “We see this as an Iranian provocation in the Gulf – it’s not an attack against Israel – it’s the same thing they usually do in the Gulf, trying to disrupt stability and mainly influence World Cup events.”

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