The Jerusalem Post

Is Iran behind attack on previously Israeli-owned ship in Indian Ocean?


A cargo ship that was previously owned by an Israeli company was struck by an “unknown weapon” in the northern Indian Ocean, causing a fire to erupt onboard the vessel, the Hezbollah-linked Al-Mayadeen news site reported on Saturday evening.

The report – which Al-Mayadeen states was based on “reliable sources” – claims that “the Israeli ship was anchored in the port of Jeddah before moving toward the coast of the Emirates,” adding that “no one has claimed responsibi­lity for this targeting so far.”

The source also mentioned a sabotage operation which was carried out last month against one of the buildings of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organizati­on (IAEO) near Karaj, reportedly causing major damage.

Channel 12 identified the ship as the a Liberian-flagged cargo ship. While the vessel was reported to be partly owned by Israeli businessma­n Eyal Ofer, Israeli sources say the ship’s crew is not from Israel.

The public relations firm for Eyal Ofer released a statement saying the ship is not owned by Eyal Ofer or his company and that it was sold several months ago.

Israeli sources claimed that the IAEO mention of the attack means that the source was implying that the attack was a retaliatio­n for the attack near Karaj.

Israel has been carrying out its “war-between-wars” against Iran for years, though it has been focusing on weapons convoys from Iran to Hezbollah in Syria. But, according to foreign reports, Israel began to attack

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