Report: Israeli Vessel Fired On Near UAE

DUBAI (REUTERS/Hamodia) -
Fujairah Port in the UAE. (SurvivorNgugz)

A commercial vessel owned by an Israeli firm was targeted near Fujairah port in the United Arab Emirates, Unews news agency said on Twitter on Tuesday.

Minor damage was caused to the vessel but no casualties, according to Channel 12 news quoting Israeli security sources.

Minor damage was caused to the vessel by a missile strike but there were no casualties, according to Channel 12 news quoting Israeli security sources, who said Iran was responsible.

The ship was able to continue on its course, the channel added.

There was no immediate confirmation from Israel or the UAE from the agency, which has previously reported news on attacks on vessels in Gulf waters.

Israel’s security establishment has been bracing for a threatened Iranian revenge attack, after Tehran blamed Israel for a blast at the Natanz nuclear site on Sunday, according to Channel 12 news.

Israel has neither confirmed nor denied involvement officially, though “Western intelligence” officials were quoted in media reports as saying that the Mossad was responsible.

Meanwhile, Israel has raised security levels in embassies around the world, according to the report.

The ship targeted on Tuesdays was identified as Hyperion, affiliated with the Israeli PCC company, according to the Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Mayadeen news.

The vessel is associated with the Israeli Ray Shipping company, the same company that owns the vessel that was hit by an alleged Iranian attack in February, The Jerusalem Post said.


Updated Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 11:49 am .

Updated Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 1:36 pm .