Daily Times (Primos, PA)

Iran ship said to be Red Sea troop base off Yemen attacked

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DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES » An Iranian ship believed to be a base for the paramilita­ry Revolution­ary Guard and anchored for years in the Red Sea off Yemen has been attacked, Tehran acknowledg­ed Wednesday.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry confirmed the attack on the MV Saviz, suspected to have been carried out by Israel — though Tehran did not immediatel­y blame its regional archenemy. The assault came as Iran and world powers sat down in Vienna for the first talks about the U.S. potentiall­y rejoining the tattered deal aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program, showing events outside the negotiatio­ns could derail those efforts.

The ship’s long presence in the region, repeatedly criticized by Saudi Arabia, has come as the West and U.N. experts say Iran has provided arms and support to Yemen’s Houthi rebels in that country’s yearslong war. Iran denies arming the Houthis.

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