Report in US: Israel took responsibility for strike against Iranian vessel in Red Sea

"An American official said the Israelis had notified the United States that its forces had struck the vessel at about 7:30 a.m. local time," according to a report by the New York Times. The objective of the recent strikes against each other's vessels is still not clear

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A vessel named the Saviz, which is stationed in the Red Sea, was hit by a mine that was attached to the ship, according to reports online. The US declared that its Navy is not involved in attacks on Iranian ships. The Iranians quickly blamed Israel. In Israel, the IDF did not take responsibility for the operation.   

According to a report by the New York Times, "A social media account of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps said the vessel had been deployed in the Red Sea for some time to combat pirates. The Tasnim news agency, the media outlet of the Revolutionary Guards, said the Saviz had been damaged by a mine that had been attached to the vessel."

"Israeli officials had not commented as of Tuesday night," said the report. "But an American official said the Israelis had notified the United States that its forces had struck the vessel at about 7:30 a.m. local time." The report also claimed that "The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to share private intelligence communications, said that the Israelis had called the attack a retaliation for earlier Iranian strikes on Israeli vessels, and that the Saviz had been damaged below the water line."

"The American official said it was possible that the attack had been delayed to allow the Dwight D. Eisenhower, an American aircraft carrier in the area, to put some distance between itself and the Saviz. The Eisenhower was about 200 miles away when the Saviz was hit, the official said."

If the reports are accurate, the incident was the latest in a series of incidents between the IDF and the Revolutionary Guards on the maritime front close to Israel. In previous incidents it was claimed that Israel sabotaged Iranian vessels, and that the Iranians struck commercial ships under Israeli ownership.  

The objective of the recent strikes against each other's vessels, and where this process is supposed to lead, is still not clear.