Iran’s military ships stationed in the Red Sea were damaged in an Israeli mine attack on Tuesday in the wake of an escalation of shadowy naval battles that sparked opposition exchanges. Both in recent years
The damage to the ship, which Iranian media said was the Saviz, was reportedly progressing on the first day of talks to revive the American involvement in the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. Israel, which sees Iran as its most potential enemy, is against the revival of the deal, which was lifted by the Trump administration three years ago.
Several Iranian news agencies have shown images of flames and smoke from ships sunk in the Red Sea. But the total damage or the deaths is not clear.
Saviz, although technically it is classified as a cargo ship. But it was the first ship to be deployed in military service known to have been attacked in Israeli-Iranian battles.
The Islamic Revolution Guards social media account said the ship had been deployed in the Red Sea for some time to fight pirates, the revolutionary media outlet Tasnim said. Damage from a mine attached to a ship
There was no official confirmation of Iran about the attacks on Tuesday night. But several Telegram social media channels operated by members of the revolutionary forces blamed Israel for the blast.
Israeli officials made no comment on Tuesday night, and, as per policy, they hardly assert or deny responsibility for taking action against Iran. But one American official said the Israelis had informed the United States that their forces had attacked the ship around 7:30 AM local time.
The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to share private intelligence communications, said the Israelites had called the attack a retaliation in which Iran had previously attacked an Israeli warship and that the Zaviz had been attacked. Damaged under water The precise location of the ships in the Red Sea was not immediately clear.
The melee has been going on for two years now. But it has previously been related to different targets.Since 2019, Israel has attacked Iranian oil and weapons-carrying commercial ships through the Eastern Mediterranean and Red Sea, a new maritime front in the shadow wars in the region that previously took place. Up both by land and by air
American officials said there was a possibility of the attack being delayed so that Dwight D.Eisenhower, an American aircraft carrier in the area, could keep some distance between itself and Saviz.Officials said Eisenhower was about 200 miles away. When the Saviz was attacked
The US Marine Corps Institute released a report in October 2020 confirming that the Saviz was a covert military ship operated by the Revolutionary Defense Service. The report stated that there were uniformed men on board and a type of boat used by Revolutionary Guards, which have a hull similar to the Boston Whaler, are on the deck.
Iran has been involved in its own secret attacks. The last was reported on March 25, when an Israeli container ship Lori was shot down by an Iranian missile in the Arabian Sea, Israeli officials said. There were no reports of deaths or major damages.
The Israeli campaign is part of Israel’s efforts to curb Iran’s military influence in the Middle East and thwart Iran’s efforts to circumvent American sanctions on its oil industry.