UK and US blame Iran for deadly tanker attack

UK and US blame Iran for deadly ship attack
The Mercer Street was attacked off the coast of Oman, and two on board were killed. Source: JOHAN VICTOR VIA REUTERS
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Daily US Times: The US and UK believe Iran was behind a tanker attack that killed two people, a British national and a Romanian citizen, and have vowed to respond, calling it a violation of international law.

The MV Mercer Street is operated by an Israeli-owned firm which was attacked off Oman on Thursday.

Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said in a statement that there was “evidence” that its longstanding foe Iran was responsible.

Mr Bennett warned that “we know how to send a message to Iran in our own way”, while Iran rejected what it called the “baseless accusations”.

The attack on the ship appears to be the latest escalation in an undeclared “shadow war” between Iran and Israel.

There have been several attacks on both Israeli and Iranian-operated vessels since March, which are seen as tit-for-tat incidents. Casualties are considered rare.

Iran has also accused Israel of targeting its scientists and nuclear sites.

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement on Sunday that London believed Iran had used one or more drones against the tanker, calling it “deliberate, targeted, and a clear violation of international law”.

Mr Raab said: “Iran must end such attacks, and vessels must be allowed to navigate freely.”

Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, said Washington was also “confident that Iran conducted this”, and that an “appropriate response” would follow.

Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said his country expected the international community to make clear to Iran that it had made a serious mistake.

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