Earlier reports stated that an Iranian cargo ship, the Saviz, had been attacked in the Red Sea by a missile or a mine, with israel allegedly notifying the United States that its forces had carried out the strike as “retaliation for earlier Iranian strikes on Israeli vessels”, according to The New York Times.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry has confirmed that an Iranian vessel, the MV Saviz, has been targeted in the Red Sea.
This comes after Iranian state television reported on Wednesday, citing foreign media, that an Iranian general cargo ship – the Saviz – had possibly been struck by a missile.
A defence correspondent for Iran’s Tasnim news agency reported, citing sources, that the hull of the freighter, which US, Israeli, and Saudi officials, as well as the media, have previously claimed may be a covert Revolutionary Guard forward base or intelligence-gathering vessel, was damaged as a result of the explosion of limpet mines.
The strike had purportedly come in “retaliation for earlier Iranian strikes on Israeli vessels”, with the Saviz “damaged below the water line”, according to NYT.
The US military’s Central Command also issued a statement, saying it was “aware of media reporting of an incident involving the Saviz in the Red Sea”.
Anonymous US officials speaking to Reuters denied any…