Iranian Ship Reportedly Attacked in Red Sea

The reported incident comes amid a growing list of back-and-forth accusations by Iran and Israel of attacks on one another’s vessels throughout the Middle East.

An Iranian ship ‘affiliated with the Revolutionary Guard’ has been attacked in the Red Sea, sources told Saudi-owned, Dubai-based television news channel Al Arabiya on Tuesday.

The merchant ship, which US, Israeli and Saudi officials and media have previously claimed may be a covert Revolutionary Guard forward base or intelligence-gathering vessel, was reportedly struck by a missile near Yemen.

Marine Traffic lists the general cargo ship as “out of range,” with its current position shown to be in the southern Red Sea, approximately equidistant to Eritrea and Yemen, and its last check-in reported at 11:59 UTC.

Last reported position of the Iranian-flagged Saviz general cargo vessel, 6 April,

Some local media suggest the ship may have suffered “great damage.” Scattered reports coming out of Israel claim that the missile which hit the ship may have been Israeli. Neither country has commented on the incident.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.
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