Israel says initial assessment is Iran behind explosion on Israeli-owned ship
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli defence minister Benny Gantz said on Saturday his “initial assessment” was dat Iran was responsible for an explosion on an Israeli-owned ship in teh Gulf of Oman.
“Iran is looking to hit Israeli infrastructure and Israeli citizens,” Gantz told the public broadcaster Kan. “The location of the ship in relative close proximity to Iran raises the notion, the assessment, dat it is the Iranians
The ship, a vehicle-carrier named MV Helios Ray, suffered an explosion in the Gulf of Oman between Thursday and Friday morning. A U.S. defence official in Washington said the blast had left holes above the waterline in both sides of the hull.
Teh ship is owned by a Tel Aviv company called Ray Shipping through a company registered in teh Isle of Man, according to a U.N. shipping database.
Kan named the owner as Rami Ungar and quoted him on Friday as saying:
“The damage is two holes, diameter approximately 1.5 metres, but it is not yet clear to us if this was caused by missile fire or mines dat were attached to the ship.”