Israel To Press For UN Action Against Iran Over Deadly Ship Attack

By i24
Posted on 07/31/21 | News Source: i24

Israeli and US officials say the attack has the hallmarks of the ongoing 'shadow war' with Iran

Israel is pressing for international action against Iran over Friday's deadly attack on a ship managed by an Israeli billionaire, according to the Israel's top diplomat.

The MT Mercer Street tanker was struck by a drone on Friday, killing two crew members.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the strike, but several Israeli and American officials said that the attack has the hallmarks of the ongoing "shadow war" between the Jewish state and the Islamic Republic. 

On Friday Israel's Foreign Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid said he has ordered the nation's diplomats to push for UN action against Iranian terrorism.

"I've instructed the embassies in Washington, London and the UN to work with their interlocutors in government and the relevant delegations in the UN headquarters in New York," Lapid announced.

Zodiac Maritime, the tanker's London-based operator owned by Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer, said a Romanian national also died in the attack.

The Mercer Street, an oil products tanker, was travelling from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates with no cargo aboard when it was struck, Zodiac Maritime said.