NY Times report: ‘Israel’ attacked Iranian ship in the Red Sea

New York (QNN)- Israeli forces carried out an attack on an Iranian ship in the Red Sea, according to a NY Times report.

A US official told The New York Times that the occupation state notified the US that Israeli forces attacked the ship around 7:30 a.m. local time on Tuesday.

Iran’s foreign ministry on Wednesday confirmed the attack, saying the MV Saviz was hit with an unknown explosion that caused “minor damage” around 6am local time in the Red Sea on Tuesday, close to the shores of Djibouti.

Foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said the Saviz is a non-military vessel formally registered with the International Maritime Organisation that acts as Iran’s “logistic station” in the Red Sea, providing anti-piracy services.

“Fortunately no fatalities were incurred due to the incident, and technical evaluations on how the incident occurred and its origins are under way,” he said.

The anonymous US official said Israel called the strike a retaliation, and that the ship had been hit below the water line.

The occupation statee has not officially commented on the incident. ‘Israel’ rarely confirms or denies strikes against Iran-linked targets.

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