Israeli Navy on high alert after attacking Israel-owned ship

Source : 112 Ukraine

A vessel was hit near the UAE’s Fujairah port; Israeli officials blame Iran for the attack
13:45, 14 April 2021


The Israeli Navy is on high alert after an Israel-owned freight ship was struck by an Iranian missile in the Arabian Sea. Al Arabiya and Reuters reported this.

Two maritime security sources said that an Israeli ship was hit near the United Arab Emirates’ Fujairah port resulting in an explosion but that there were no casualties.

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Israel’s top-rated Channel 12 quoted unnamed Israeli officials as blaming arch-foe Iran for the assault, which it described as a missile strike.

Lebanon’s Al Mayadeen television channel, citing sources, identified the vessel as the Hyperion Ray. The ship is the second owned by the same company to be targeted after an attack on the Helios Ray in February.

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) said on Tuesday it was aware of a possible incident which occurred off the coast of Fujairah. There has been no official confirmation from the Israeli or UAE authorities.

The incident occurred the day after Iran accused Israel of sabotaging a key nuclear site.

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As it was reported earlier, on April 11, an accident occurred at a power distribution network at a nuclear facility in Natanz (Central Iranian province of Isfahan). The emergency situation that took place at Natanz nuclear facility on Sunday shut off the systems of uranium enrichment. The Iranian government considered it a terrorist act. The emergency took place the next day after Iran launched the new centrifuges designed to enrich uranium.

Last month an Iranian container ship was damaged in an attack in the Mediterranean, two weeks after an Israeli-owned ship the MV HELIOS RAY - owned by the same company as the Hyperion Ray according to the UN shipping database - was hit by an explosion in the Gulf of Oman.

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