Dr Mike Evans

US military claims Iran was behind attack on Israeli tanker near Oman

The U.S. military claims a drone attack on an Israeli-owned tanker off the coast of Oman was carried out by Iran.

Army General Michael Kurilla, commander of U.S. Central Command, revealed the analysis in a story with the Wall Street Journal.

“This unmanned aerial vehicle attack against a civilian vessel in this critical maritime strait demonstrates, once again, the destabilizing nature of Iranian malign activity in the region,” Gen. Kurilla told the Journal.

The vessel of the oil tanker Pacific Zircon occurred on Tuesday night and was operated by the Singapore company Eastern Pacific Shipping owned by Israeli Idan Ofer.

The tanker was carrying oil and was hit by “a projectile” approximately 150 miles off Oman’s coast.

“We are in communication with the vessel and there is no reports of injuries or pollution. All crew are safe and accounted for,” the company said, according to the Associated Press. “There is some minor damage to the vessel’s hull but no spillage of cargo or water ingress.”

No group or individual has yet taken responsibility for the attack. News of the attack led to a slight rise in oil prices as the incident was under investigation.

The Gulf of Oman is one of the world’s most vital shipping routes for the world’s oil supply.

Iran has been blamed for other attacks off the coast of the United Arab Emirates going back to 2019 when tensions rose over the U.S. ending the Iranian nuclear deal.

The attack on the oil tanker also come just ahead of the World Cup in Qatar. Many individuals from Israel and nations worldwide will be in the nation near Oman in the first World Cup held in the Middle East just as tensions rise over violence linked to Iran.