Posted on Aug 01, 2021
Israel's PM has said he knows "with certainty" Iran was involved in a deadly tanker attack off Oman, accusations Tehran called "baseless" The BBC reports.
Two crew members - a British military veteran and a Romanian crew member - died when the MV Mercer Street, operated by an Israeli-owned firm, was attacked on Thursday. Israeli PM Naftali Bennett warned "we know how to send a message to Iran", while Tehran said it would "not hesitate to defend its interests".
There have been several recent attacks on Israeli- and Iranian-operated ships.
The BBC's security correspondent, Frank Gardner, says this undeclared shadow war - and its counter-denials - had been heating up, but the human casualties on the Mercer Street marked a significant escalation.
Iran's foreign ministry spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh, told reporters Israel "must stop such baseless accusations. Whoever sows the wind reaps the whirlwind."
Bennett told a cabinet meeting on Sunday intelligence evidence existed that Iran had carried out the attack, calling on the international community to make it clear that Iran had "made a serious mistake".
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