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JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday accused Iran of attacking an Israeli-owned ship within the Gulf of Oman final week.
Netanyahu spoke to Israeli public broadcaster Kan and mentioned that “it was certainly an act by Iran, that is clear.”
“Iran is the best enemy of Israel, I’m decided to halt it. We’re hitting it in the complete area,” Netanyahu mentioned.
The mysterious explosion struck the Israeli-owned MV Helios Ray, a Bahamian-flagged roll-on, roll-off automobile cargo ship, because it was crusing out of the Center East on its strategy to Singapore on Friday.
The crew was unhurt within the blast, however the vessel sustained two holes on its port facet and two on its starboard facet simply above the waterline, in response to American protection officers.
The ship got here to Dubai’s port for repairs on Sunday, days after the blast that revived safety considerations in Mideast waterways amid heightened tensions with Iran.
It stays unclear what brought on the blast. The Helios Ray had discharged automobiles at numerous ports within the Persian Gulf earlier than the explosion pressured it to reverse course. It docked in Dubai on Sunday for repairs and inspection.
In latest days, Israel’s protection minister and military chief had each indicated they held Iran answerable for the assault.
In a single day, Syrian state media reported a sequence of alleged Israeli airstrikes close to Damascus, saying air protection programs had intercepted a lot of the missiles.
Israeli media studies mentioned the alleged airstrikes had been on Iranian targets in response to the ship assault.
Israel has struck a whole bunch of Iranian targets in neighboring Syria in recent times, and Netanyahu has repeatedly mentioned Israel won’t settle for a everlasting Syrian army presence there.
The Israeli army declined remark. There was no rapid response from Iran to the Israeli allegations.
Iran additionally has blamed Israel for a latest sequence of assaults, together with a mysterious explosion final summer time that destroyed a complicated centrifuge meeting plant at its Natanz nuclear facility and the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a prime Iranian scientist who based the Islamic Republic’s army nuclear program 20 years in the past. Iran has repeatedly vowed to avenge Fakhrizadeh’s killing.
Iranian threats of retaliation have raised alarms in Israel following the nation’s normalization offers with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

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