Iran’s Revolutionary Guard seizes a container ship near Strait of Hormuz amid tensions with West


Dubai: From Commando iranParamilitary Revolutionary Guards attack Israeli-allied container ship with a helicopter strait of hormuz and seized the ship on Saturday, the latest in a series of attacks between the two countries.
The Middle East braced for possible Iranian retaliation over a suspected Israeli attack on an Iranian consular building in Syria earlier this month that killed 12 people, including a senior Guards general who once commanded its expeditionary force, the Quds Force. Took command of.
The broader Israeli war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip is now 6 months old and is exacerbating decades-old tensions across the region.
Iran's state-run IRNA said a special forces unit of the Guard's navy attacked the ship, widely identified by the country's other media as the Portuguese-flagged MSC Aries, a container ship belonging to London-based Zodiac Maritime. There is a ship.
Zodiac Maritime is part of Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer's Zodiac Group. Zodiac declined to comment and referred questions to MSC, which did not immediately respond.
Earlier, a Middle East defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters, shared a video of the attack with The Associated Press. In this, commandos are seen jumping on a pile of containers sitting on the deck of the ship.
A crew member onboard can be heard saying: “Don't come out.” He then tells his colleagues to move to the ship's bridge as more commandos descend on the deck. One commando can be seen kneeling above others to provide possible cover fire.
The video matches the known description of MSC Aries. The helicopter used appears to be a Soviet-era Mil Mi-17 helicopter, which has been used by both the Guard and Yemen's Iranian-backed Houthi rebels to conduct commando raids on ships in the past.
British Army'S United Kingdom maritime trade operations The ship has been described as “seized by regional authorities”. gulf of oman away from the Emirati port city FujairahWithout explaining in detail.
MSC Aries was last seen on Friday en route from Dubai to the Strait of Hormuz. The ship had turned off its tracking data, which is common for Israeli-allied ships passing through the region.
Iran has been engaged in a series since 2019 seizure of ship And the attacks on ships have been blamed amid ongoing tensions with the West over its rapid advance nuclear program,
The Gulf of Oman is near the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf, through which one-fifth of globally traded oil passes. Fujairah, but United Arab Emirates'The East Coast is a main port in the region for ships taking on new oil cargo, taking on supplies or trading crew.
Since 2019, the waters off Fujairah have seen a series of explosions and hijackings. The US Navy blamed Iran for mine attacks on ships that damaged tankers.

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