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British maritime guards and Romanian crew members were killed on suspicion of a drone strike on an oil tanker near Oman in a threat escalation to a vessel passing through one of the world’s most important trade routes.
A Mercer Street petroleum tanker associated with Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer was attacked in the northern Indian Ocean early Friday morning, said Zodiac Maritime, the UK-based company that manages the vessel.
The deaths of two people show a significant increase in risk to vessels that take routes that nearly one-third of the world’s oil supply goes through almost every day. In recent months, there have been a series of incidents in which maritime security experts have accused both Iran and Israel of targeting vessels associated with either country.
Ambrey, the world’s largest provider Maritime security Guards said in a statement that members of the team were “tragicly killed in a security incident” on board the ship, without elaborating on the circumstances behind the attack.
Three people familiar with the case said they believed it was a drone strike, but emphasized that they were still waiting for official confirmation of what had happened. US officials told the Financial Times: [The vessel] It seems to have been attacked by a one-way UAV explosive drone. It’s basically a UAV, loaded with explosives, blown to the target, and explodes on contact. US officials said there were “many narrative signs” that it came from Iran. Officials added that what appeared to be a drone collided with water 20 meters from the ship, causing the ship to report an attempted attack hours ago.
Zodiac Maritime said in a Friday statement that tankers on Mercer Street are now overshadowed by U.S. Navy escorts, “under the control of the crew, in a safe place at 14 knots on their own.” I was sailing.
According to satellite tracking data, tankers on Mercer Street have been regularly moving between East Africa and Fujairah’s oil hub in the United Arab Emirates in recent months.
The attack is a negotiation with the world powers over nuclear transactions Tehran Pending.
A spokesman for the British government confirmed that he was aware of the incident and said, “The British military headquarters in the region are currently investigating.”
In a previous statement, Zodiac Maritime said the incident was “piracy,” but both the Royal Navy’s intelligence department, the Royal Navy’s Department of Maritime Trade and the Maritime Security Center-African Corner (MSC-HOA), said it. Denied.
Personnel on board a ship within five nautical miles of Mercer Street at the time of the attack reported being a drone, receiving very high-frequency transmissions from tankers, according to people familiar with the matter.
MSC-HOA said the report of the attack “came after another report of witnessing an unmanned aerial vehicle appearing to be falling into the water with flares, but at this time it is not possible to link both cases.” Stated. We advised vessels to “take great care” when navigating this area.
Munro Anderson, founding partner of maritime security analysis firm Dryad Global, said the incident was likely an unmanned aerial vehicle sent from Iran.
“Many details remain unconfirmed, but this latest attack is characteristic of the ongoing Israel-Iran” shadow war “that saw the exchange of attacks on vessels associated with each state,” he said. Said in the report.
Two people killed on suspicion of drone attack on tanker near Oman
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