The shadow war between Israel and Iran reached a new high late last week when a number of armed Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) attacked the oil tanker Mercer Street in the Gulf of Oman.
Officially, Mercer Street is owned by a company in Japan, but Zodiac Maritime, a London-based company, operates the oil tanker. Zodiac Maritime is part of the Zodiac Group, a conglomerate owned by Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer.
Bennett reacts to first deaths in the war at sea
The Iranian UAVs exploded under the ship’s bridge in a deck that housed the Mercer Streetcrew. The attack killed two people, the ship’s Romanian captain and a British security officer.
Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was the first to directly accuse Iran of the deadly attack.
During the weekly cabinet meeting, he said the following:
“The world recently received a reminder of Iranian aggression, this time on the high seas. The Iranians, who attacked the ship ‘Mercer Street’ with unmanned aerial vehicles, intended to attack...
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