Iran Fingered Again: Israeli-Owned Cargo Ship hit by missiles in the Arabian Sea

On Thursday, an Isreali owned cargo ship was damaged by a missile in the Arabian Sea.

The attack was suspected to have been carried out and or sponsored by Iran, an Israeli security official said.

According to the official who spoke on condition of anonymity as reported by reuters, said the ship was on its way from Tanzania to India and was able to continue its voyage after the attack.

While the official did not provide further details, an Israel's Ynet news website said the ship sailing under a Liberian flag did not sustain serious damage.

Also Channel 12 news reported the ship is owned by XT Management, based in the port city of Haifa. Reuters said it could not reach officials at the company for comment.

Tel Aviv officials had no official comment yet as the Thursday incident comes about a month after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Iran for an explosion aboard an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman.

The vehicle-carrier MV Helios Ray was hit between the night of Feb 25 and morning of Feb. 26 by a blast above the water line that a U.S official said ripped holes in both sides of its hull. An Israeli official said limpet mines were used.

Iran denied involvement at the time. “We strongly reject this accusation,” said Saeed Khatibzadeh, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry in Tehran.

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