Two crews were killed in an attack on a tanker without cargo in the Arabian Sea on Friday, July 30, when its owner, Zodiac Maritime, claimed to be in possession of an Israeli billionaire. Security experts have raised the hypothesis of an Iranian attack. The attack took place in a strategic area already targeted by Israeli ships.
« With great sadness, we learned of the incident on the ship M / D Mercer Street Two crew members died as a result: a Romanian national and a British national. “, Announced, On Twitter, An international company headquartered in London. « We can now confirm that M / D Mercer Street He goes to a safe place with the US Navy under the control of his crew », The company later added. The latter is owned by 197th-ranked Israeli businessman Eel Offere Forbes’ richest man has a net worth of $ 11.3 billion.
According to UKMTO Maritime Operations Platform, British Naval Anti-Piracy Agency, on Thursday night at 8 p.m. « At the time of the incident, the ship was in the northern Indian Ocean » According to the owner of the Japanese ship, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, was sailing without cargo to the coastal city of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.
The British national who died in the attack worked for the security company Umbrella, which was confirmed dead by its spokesman. “Sad” A. of his employee “Security Incident”. A representative of the British Ministry of Defense also said that it had its headquarters in the region “We are currently conducting investigations”.
The Arabian Sea is located between Iran and Oman, at the exit of the Strait of Hormuz, through which the bulk of the world’s oil passes and the US-led alliance operates. Shipping in the area was frequently targeted by pirates a decade ago, but incidents have dropped significantly in recent years, following an increase in naval patrols from several countries. Investigators have linked the attack to previous incidents. Two ships operated by the Israeli company Ray Shipping were attacked earlier this year.
Mir Javadenfer, a security expert at ITC Herslia, an Israeli university, said Iran “Probably” Behind this attack. According to him, the Iranians “I feel a disadvantage in response to the Iranian attacks on Israel.”, As April 11 explosion at the Natance nuclear complex, Calculated by Tehran for the Hebrew state.
“Attack M / D Mercer Street It is now considered the fifth attack on a ship attached to Israel, Noted In a press release Researchers at Dryad Global, a London-based maritime security company, have been quoted as saying “Revenge in the Shadow War between the Two Powers” .
However, it does represent the deaths of two team members “Significant Expansion of Events”The ruling Triad Global has announced that its customers are now at risk for merchant ships linked to Israel and Iran in the Gulf waters. “Increased”.