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US official says Israeli-owned ship hit in suspected Iran drone strike

A US defense official claimed on Saturday that an Israeli billionaire’s cargo ship was attacked by a suspected Iranian drone in the Indian Ocean during Israel’s war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, news agency Associated Press reported. . The attack on CMA CGM Simi on Friday comes as global shipping becomes more targeted in the weeks-long crisis, which threatens to escalate into a major regional conflict – even as the violence has stopped and Hamas Has exchanged hostages for Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. According to the defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence concerns, the Malta-flagged ship was targeted by a triangle-shaped, bomb-carrying Shaheed-136 drone in international waters. The drone exploded, damaging the ship but not injuring any of its crew members.

“We are monitoring the situation closely,” the official was quoted as saying by the AP in its report.

The person declined to elaborate on what intelligence the U.S. military received to determine that Iran was behind the attack, though officials believe the action was carried out by Tehran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard. Was done by.

Russia has deployed the same drones in its attack on Ukraine, most recently in a barrage launched on Saturday that Kiev described as Moscow’s biggest drone attack since the war began.

Al-Mayadeen, a pan-Arab satellite program with links to the Iran-backed Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah, said an Israeli ship was attacked in the Indian Ocean. The story was based on unnamed sources, which were later referenced by Iranian media.

CMA CGM, a large shipper based in Marseille, France, addressed questions from Eastern Pacific Shipping, based in Singapore. Idan Ofer, an Israeli millionaire, ultimately controls that corporation.

Eastern Pacific acknowledged in a statement that it was “aware of claims that a container ship under the company’s management was targeted in a possible security incident on Friday night.”

“The vessel in question is currently operating as planned,” the statement said. “All crew are safe and well.”

Representatives of the firm declined to respond to any inquiries. The Israeli military referred all inquiries to the Israeli Foreign Ministry, to which no response was received.

The Liberian-flagged oil tanker Pacific Zircon, also bound to the Eastern Pacific, was damaged in a suspected Iranian attack off the coast of Oman in November 2022.

The crew of SIMI was behaving as if the ship had been attacked in the recent past.

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