Iranian fuel tanker attacked by drone, Israel suspected


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Iranian fuel tanker attacked by drone, Israel suspected
The report comes following recent escalations between Iran and Israel with regard to multiple tanker attacks.
APRIL 24, 2021

An Iranian tanker was reportedly attacked off the Syrian coast on Saturday, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It was unclear what had happened, as Iran media was slow to report details. However, the Syrian state media did quote an oil ministry member as saying a fire took place on “what was believed to be an attack by a drone.” Iran's Arabic-language al-Alam TV said there was some damage to an Iranian tanker but no casualties. But Iran's Tasnim news agency, quoting "certain sources," said: "The accident happened to another vessel...and is not linked to a ship carrying Iranian cargo."

The pro-Damascus al-Mayadeen TV said the tanker was suspected to have been hit by an Israeli drone. The Israeli military declined to comment on the incident. In March, a Wall Street Journal story said that Israel had struck “dozens” of Iranian vessel bound for Syria. Iran said it had a right to retaliate on March 15. In early April, an Iranian ship believed to serve as an IRGC mother ship and used for surveillance and possibly terror operations, was struck in the Red Sea. Iran blamed Israel and the US for the attack on the Saviz ship, which it denied was a mother ship.