Investigator Calls Israel Prime Suspect in Terrorist Attack on Iranian Cargo Ship

Middle East

The Shahr-e Kord, an Iranian-flagged container ship, sustained fire damage in what was characterised as a “terrorist attack” in the Mediterranean on 10 March. On Thursday, US media reported that at least a dozen Iranian cargo ships heading for Syria, most of them laden with oil, have been targeted by israel since 2019.

israel is the “prime suspect” in Wednesday’s attack on the Shahr-e Kord container vessel, Iran’s Nour News has reported, citing a member of the technical team investigating the incident.

Earlier Saturday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh classified Wednesday’s incident as a sabotage attack which constituted a violation of international law and the law of the sea, and said that the appropriate agencies had been tasked with identifying the cause of incident.

Iran says the Shahr-e Kord freighter was on route from Iran to Europe, and that its hull was hit by an explosive object while it sailed through international waters in the Mediterranean, causing a fire to break out at the site of the explosion. The fire was put out and none of the vessel’s crew was injured, according to Khatibzadeh.

In their commentary, Nour News’ source indicated that multiple high-explosive objects were thought to have hit containers on the ship’s deck, and said that these objects may have been fired from an aircraft.

On Friday, Shahr-e Kord’s owner, IRISL, described the attack on…

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