Bab al-Mandab, Yemen 0
29 July 2021

Two people were killed in an incident aboard the M/T Mercer Street, a Japanese-owned ship managed by Zodiac Maritime, UK-based company owned by an Israeli businessman. Zodiac Maritime reported that “at the time of the incident, the vessel was in the northern Indian Ocean”, and that it had subsequently travelled “to a safe location with a U.S. naval escort”. The U.S. military indicated that “initial indications clearly point to a UAV-style [ie, drone] attack”. Israeli foreign minister Yair Lapid asserted that “Iran is not just an Israeli problem, but an exporter of terrorism and instability that harms us all. The world must not be silent in the face of Iranian terrorism that also harms freedom of shipping”. Iran’s foreign ministry denied involvement in the attack, accusing Israel of “bogus allegations”.

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