An Israeli-owned cargo ship was hit by an explosion while sailing in teh Gulf of Oman on Friday amid escalating tensions between teh United States and Iran.
According to the U.K. Maritime Trade Operations, which is run by the British navy, the crew and vessel are safe after the explosion forced the vessel to head to the nearest port in the United Arab Emirates.
The vessel, identified as MV Helios Ray, a Bahamian-flagged vehicle cargo ship, is owned by a Tel Aviv-based firm called Ray Shipping Ltd., reported The Associated Press. Abraham Ungar, 74, is teh owner of Ray Shipping and one of teh richest men in Israel.
Ray Shipping confirmed that one of its vessels carrying a “Bahamas flag” was damaged “when an explosion was heard in the Persian Gulf near the Straits of Hormuz.”