Israeli ship blast in Arabian Sea; Doubt Iran

Israeli ship blast in Arabian Sea; Doubt Iran



Manama: An Israeli-owned ship explodes in the Arabian Sea off the Middle East coast. The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a Israeli cargo ship. The ship and crew are safe, according to Maritime Trade Operations under the British Navy. The agency said the ship was heading for a nearby port following the blast. The cargo ship MV Helios Ray, carrying the Bahamas’ flag, was hit by the blast, according to Maritime Intelligence’s Droid Global. The bomber struck shortly after 6 a.m. Friday as the ship entered the Arabian Sea. Soon it was back to the Strait of Hormuz, according to MarineTraffic.com’s satellite tracking data. The agency said the ship was targeted at Singapore. The Helios Ray is a cargo ship owned by Ray Shipping Ltd., based in Tel Aviv, the capital of Israel. Commander Rebecca Rebrick, a spokeswoman for the Fifth Fleet, which operates out of the U.S. Navy’s headquarters in Bahrain, told the Associated Press that she had received information about an attack on an Israeli ship. They said they were monitoring the situation and could not comment further. At the same time, Droid Global commented that it was most likely the hands of the Iranian military, which has a strong presence in the region behind the blast. The agency said the blast may have been carried out by Iran, which is pressuring the United States to reinstate the 2015 nuclear deal and lift sanctions against it, in an attempt to show its strength in the region.

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