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Israel blames Iran for the attack on oil tanker off Oman

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Israel blames Iran
Israel has accused Iran of being behind an attack on an oil tanker off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea. Two crew members of the tanker were killed in the attack. One of the dead was a British national, and the other was a Romanian national.

According to Israeli media, the tanker named 'MV Mercer Street' operated by the London-based Zodiac Maritime Company was heading towards the coast of Oman via the Arabian Sea last Thursday. That's when the tanker was attacked. The Israeli-millionaire Eyal Ofer is the owner of the Zodiac Maritime Company.

The Zodiac Maritime Company says it is trying to find out what happened.

However, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid blamed "Iranian terrorism" for the attack on the tanker on Friday.

"Iran is not just Israel's problem," the Israeli foreign minister said in a statement. The world should not be silent.

However, the details of the attack on the Liberian-flagged and Japanese-owned tanker are not yet known. Iran has not yet commented on the allegations against them.

The attack on the tanker is expected to escalate tensions in the region. It is initially thought that a drone was involved in the attack.

A spokesman for the British government said the UK was trying to "bring the truth to light" in the wake of the tanker attack.

A British government spokesman said in a statement that a British national had been killed in a tanker-related accident while reaching the coast of Oman. We also sympathize with the family and loved ones of the deceased.

The statement added that all vessels should be allowed to operate freely in accordance with international law.

An Israeli merchant ship was attacked near the island of Masirah last Thursday night off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea. The island is 300 kilometers from Muscat, the capital of Oman. The UK military said in a statement.

British Maritime Trade Operations did not provide details but said the matter was being investigated.

Zodiac Maritime reported the attack in a statement on Twitter. However, they did not provide details about the attack.

Zodiac said the ship was heading from the Tanzanian capital, Dar es Salaam, to the port of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates. The ship was in the northern part of the Indian Ocean at the time of the attack.

However, satellite tracking data from Marine Traffic.com shows that the ship was in the possession of British officials at the time of the attack.

In recent months, there have been several attacks on Israeli ships around the world.

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