Israeli-owned ship attacked off UAE: media

An Israeli-owned ship hit by an explosion in the strategic Gulf of Oman waterway is seen after arrival at a port in Dubai, United Arab Emirates February 28, 2021. Photo: REUTERS/Abdel Hadi Ramahi.

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SULAIMANI — An Israeli-operated ship was attacked Tuesday (April 13) off the UAE opposite the Iranian coast, Israeli media said, in the latest apparent escalation between the Jewish state and the Islamic republic.

Security sources, quoted by Israel's Channel 12 television, said the vessel Hyperion Ray was "lightly damaged" near the Emirati port of Fujairah, with Iran suspected of carrying out the attack.

Lebanon's Al-Mayadeen television channel, believed to be close to Iran and Syria, also reported that the Bahamas-flagged Hyperion Ray, operated by Israeli firm Ray Shipping, had come under fire.

The firm had another of its ships, Helios Ray, come under attack in February, hit by a blast off Oman while headed from the Saudi city of Dammam to Singapore.

Iran at the time denied Israeli charges that it carried out the attack.

(NRT Digital Media/AFP)