Iran denies involvement in the attack on an oil tanker

Iran says it has nothing to do with a deadly attack on an oil tanker off the coast of Oman. The Iranian Foreign Ministry accuses Israel of publishing incorrect information on this matter. Israel uses such accusations to divert attention from the facts. “It is not based on anything,” the spokesman said.

A British security guard and a Romanian crew member were killed in an attack on the oil tanker Mercer Street last week. The ship was reportedly attacked by drones. Then Israel pointed the finger at its archenemy, Iran, and made it clear that it would press for international action against “Iranian terrorism.”

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The ship sailed under the Liberian flag, but is operated by Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer’s Zodiac Maritime. According to analysts, this indicates that the ship was attacked due to the conflict between Israel and Iran. Ships associated with these countries are often the target of attacks at sea. As far as is known, there were no previous civilian deaths.

The US Navy came to the rescue of Mercer Street after the attack. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called his Israeli counterpart, Yair Lapid, to discuss the incident. According to Blinken’s ministry, they have agreed that they will work with Romania, the United Kingdom and other partners to investigate the incident and decide on next steps.

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