Oil tanker crisis near Oman.. American investigation reveals “surprises”.

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ADEN – Yasmin Abdullah Al-Tohami – Days after the March attack on an oil tanker near Oman, the US announced that an analysis of the wreckage proved that the Iranian plane was used by Russia.

The same type of drone supplied by Tehran to Russia for military operations in Ukraine was used to attack a commercial tanker off the coast of Oman last week, the US military said on Tuesday.

Iranian front

And the US Central Command said in a statement last week that the attack targeting a tanker off the coast of the Sultanate of Oman was carried out using an Iranian-made drone, adding that it was a multilateral naval operation led by a British frigate. The Royal Navy responded to the situation in the region.

The US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, stationed in Bahrain, released photos and details of its investigation into the attack targeting the Liberian-flagged Pacific Zircon tanker, including some of the remains of the Shahed 136 drone.

The US Navy said in a statement that the drone created a 30-inch (76-centimeter) wide hole in the side of the ship, with the explosion damaging the ship’s boiler, drinking water depot and lifelines.

Deliberate attack

For his part, the senior US naval commander in the Middle East, Brad Cooper, said in a statement that Iran’s attack on a commercial tanker in international waters was deliberate, reprehensible and dangerous, and put the lives of the ship’s crew at risk. and destabilized maritime security in the Middle East.

In recent years, Gulf waters have seen attacks on tankers amid regional tensions with Iran. In July 2021, an oil products tanker operated by an Israeli company was struck by a suspected drone off the coast of Oman, and Iran denied that it had attacked the tanker.

Mojtaba Sadira

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