Officials in Iran said on Wednesday that an Iranian ship, Saviz, had been targeted at the Red Sea the day after the media reported that the ship had been attacked with limpet mines. “The explosion occurred on Tuesday morning near Djibouti Beach and caused small damage without leaving any victims. The ship was a civilian ship placed there to secure the area against the pirate,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh.
“The problem is being investigated”. Meanwhile, Israeli officials refused to comment on Tuesday’s attacks reported on Iran’s cargo ships. There were three other attacks reported about Iranian or Israeli ships since February 25. A cargo ship owned by Israeli companies was damaged by missiles in the Arabian Sea on March 25, in what was suspected of being an Iranian attack, according to a senior Israeli security official. The ship was able to continue its journey, he said.
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Two weeks earlier, Iranian media quoted an Iranian investigator who said Israel was very likely to be behind the explosion, which caused small fires on Iranian container ships in the Mediterranean. Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz declined to comment directly at the time but said Iran regularly sent weapons to proxies in the region.
On February 26, Netanyahu blamed Iran for an explosion on an Israeli vehicle transport ship in Oman’s Gulf. A US official said the blast tore the hole on both sides of the ship’s hull, and an Israeli official said the Limpet Mine was used. On the other hand, Iran categorically denied responsibility.
The incidents have occurred since the newly-elected American President Joe Biden promised to rejoin the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal signed with six world powers – abandoned by its predecessor Donald Trump in a step welcomed by Israel – if Tehran returns to full compliance with the agreement. Tehran and Washington held what they described as an indirect “constructive” talk in Vienna on Tuesday to find ways to revive the deal.
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