Britain on Monday summoned Iran’s ambassador to London in response to what it claims was a Tehran-ordered assault on a service provider vessel off the coast of Oman that killed a British and Romanian nationwide.
“The Iranian ambassador to the UK, Mohsen Baharvand, was summoned at this time to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office… in response to the illegal assault dedicated on MV Mercer Street on 29 July,” stated a British authorities assertion.
“Iran should instantly stop actions that danger worldwide peace and safety,” it added, saying that “vessels have to be allowed to navigate freely in accordance with worldwide legislation”.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Sunday stated that Britain “believes the assault… was carried out by Iran and was deliberate, focused and illegal”.
Two crew members of the Japanese-owned, Liberian-flagged oil tanker, which is managed by a outstanding Israeli businessman’s firm, had been killed in what gave the impression to be a drone assault, the vessel’s London-based operator and the US navy stated Friday. Israel additionally blamed Iran.
US Navy forces got here to the help of the crew in response to an emergency misery name and noticed proof of the assault, stated a US navy assertion.
Analysts stated the assault bore all of the hallmarks of tit-for-tat exchanges within the “shadow struggle” between Israel and Iran, wherein vessels linked to every nation have been focused in waters across the Gulf.
Zodiac Maritime, owned by Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer, stated the incident on board the MT Mercer Street on Thursday killed one Romanian and a UK nationwide, who was a guard for British maritime safety agency Ambrey.
The vessel was within the northern Indian Ocean, travelling from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to Fujairah within the United Arab Emirates with no cargo onboard when the assault occurred, it stated.
Iran’s state TV channel in Arabic Al-Alam, citing “knowledgeable regional sources”, stated the assault was a “response to a current Israeli assault” focusing on an airport in central Syria. It didn’t present additional particulars.
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