Merchant ship, formerly under Israeli ownership, attacked in Indian Ocean 

It is estimated that the Iranian attacks are a response to dozens of attacks on Iranian vessels that have been attributed to Israel over the last two years 

Merchant ship, formerly under Israeli ownership, attacked in Indian Ocean 

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At 7:00pm on Saturday, June 3, reports started to come in about an attack on a merchant ship, formerly under Israeli ownership, in the Indian Ocean. The first report from Lebanon's Al-Mayadeen network (close to Hezbollah) said that a number of containers on the ship's deck were burning as a result of being hit by an unknown weapon.    

The Liberia-flagged CSAV Tyndall was previously owned by Israeli businessman Eyal Ofer of Zodiac Maritime. The Lebanese network reported that the ship anchored at the port of Jedda while on the way to the shores of the UAE. While it was sailing, the ship was hit, in my estimation, by a missile that was apparently fired from a warship or a launcher on the coast. After the crew the stopped the ship and put out the fire, the ship continued on its way.    

The Lebanese report hinted that the attack was carried out in response to an attack on the largest ship in the Iranian Navy, the Kharg, which caught fire and sank in the beginning of June. Iranian sources hinted that Israel was responsible for the sinking of the ship. Saturday's incident was the fourth attack on an Israeli-owned ship in the region. The previous attack was carried out in in April against the Hyperion Ray, owned by Rami Unger, which was carrying cars on its deck.    

The Iranian attacks are a response to dozens of attacks on Iranian vessels, which have been attributed to Israel over the last two years, targeting Iran's smuggling of oil and weapons to the Middle East. 

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