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Iran denies Israeli claims of recent attack on Israeli-linked oil tanker

21 Feb 2023

Iran’s foreign ministry on Monday (20 February) denied Israel’s accusation that Tehran attacked an Israeli oil tanker on Feb. 10, according to a Reuters report yesterday. 

According to Reuters, the captain of the Liberian-flagged crude oil tanker Campo Square reportedly said it had been lightly damaged by an airborne object on 10 February while sailing through the Arabian Sea. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu then accused Iran of being responsible for the incident. 

“We strongly reject the Zionist regime’s accusation against Iran regarding the attack on the Israeli tanker,” Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani said during a weekly news conference.

“We are very active in maintaining security and freedom of navigation in international waters and will continue to do so,” he added.

According to Al Jazeera, the tanker was suspected of being attacked by a drone, and Eletson, the Greek company that manages the vessel, said it was “hit by an air-borne object while in the Arabian Sea”.

Eletson said the vessel and crew are safe and only the vessel sustained minor damage. The company is thought to be linked with a British shipping company founded and chaired by an Israeli, Eyal Ofer.


Photo credit: Marine Traffic / Giwrgos Mertis
Published: 21 February, 2023

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