Israeli tanker: Israeli Foreign Minister claims responsibility for two Iranian military...

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Gantz, Bennett, and Lapid.

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Gantz and Lapid identified Iranian officials in a briefing with ambassadors of member states of the UN Security Council.

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said that the commander of the drone command of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and the commander of its air force were behind the deadly attack on the ship operated by an Israeli company off the coast of Oman.

Gantz and Lapid said in a briefing with the ambassadors of member states of the UN Security Council that Saeed Ara Jani, the commander of the UAV Command, and Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of the air force, were responsible for the attack on the Mercer Street tanker, which killed two crew members, One is British and the other is Romanian.

Gantz said that “Iran is responsible for dozens of terrorist acts throughout the Middle East, and militias operate in its favor in Yemen, Iraq and other countries.”

He added that “Iran has also crossed all the lines set by the previous nuclear agreement, and is now only about 10 weeks away from obtaining fissile material that would allow it to develop a nuclear bomb.”

“This is an attack on global trade routes, an attack on freedom of movement, this is an international crime,” Lapid said.

Lapid urged the international community to impose economic sanctions and take “practical measures against the Revolutionary Guards.”

The United States, Britain and Israel have accused Iran of being behind the attack on the tanker, and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has indicated that a “collective response” is being considered.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Tuesday that Israel “knows how to act alone” in the face of Iran.

How did the accident happen?

According to a ship-tracking website, the medium-sized tanker Mercer Street was heading from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates when the attack occurred.

The British Ministry of Defense confirmed a previous report issued by the British Maritime Trade Operations Group, stating that an accident occurred late on Thursday night near the Omani island of Masirah, but it did not provide further details.

The incident is a serious escalation of tension in the region. Reports indicated the participation of a drone in the attack.

A spokesman for the British government announced work to uncover what happened, and offered condolences to the family of the British citizen who was killed in the accident.

“Ships must be allowed to sail freely, in accordance with international law,” he said.

The US State Department also expressed “grave concern” about the reports and announced that it is closely monitoring the situation.

The tanker belongs to Zodiac Maritime, which is part of the Zodiac Group, owned by Israeli businessman Eyal Ofer, and the activities of its companies include shipping, real estate, technology, banking and investments.

The Mercer Street tanker

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The British Shipping Authority said the ship was about 152 nautical miles northeast of the Omani port of Duqm when it was attacked. No other details were given about the type of ship or any shipment, to whom it belonged, or about possible losses.

Forbes magazine ranked Ofer this year in 197th place on the list of the richest person in the world, with a fortune of 11.3 billion dollars.

Map of the attack site

Iran and Israel exchanged accusations over the past months of attacking the ships of the other side.

Ships were damaged, but casualties rarely occurred.

The Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean have been exposed to many piracy incidents about ten years ago, but the incidents have diminished in recent years after foreign naval forces intensified their patrols.

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