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Israel Warns of ‘Consequences’ after Terrifying Iran Attack Sparks World War 3 Threat!

Samantha Parker By Samantha Parker May18,2024

Israel has said there will be “consequences” after Iranian soldiers are believed to have seized a container ship ‘linked to an Israeli billionaire’.

‘Commandos’ are reported to have boarded a vessel in a busy international shipping lane off the coast of Iran sparking fears the pariah state is involved in the attack.

A video shows soldiers raiding a ship near the Strait of Hormuz by helicopter Saturday, an attack a defence official attributed to Iran amid wider tensions between Tehran and the West.

The Strait of Hormuz is a narrow stretch of sea separating the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman and is a critical “choke point” for international trade and oil distribution.

A defence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters, shared the video with the AP which the agency said showed commandos rappelling down onto a stack of containers sitting on the deck of the vessel.

A crew member on the ship could be heard saying: “Don’t come out.” He then tells his colleagues to go to the ship’s bridge as more commandos come down on the deck. One soldier can be seen kneeling above the others to provide them potential cover fire.

An Israeli military spokesperson made a bullish statement after the incident saying his country was “increasing readiness” in the face of Iranian “aggression”.

Spokesperson Daniel Hagari said: “Iran will bear consequences for choosing to escalate the situation any further. Israel is on high alert. We have increased our readiness to protect Israel from further Iranian aggression.

“We are also prepared to respond.”

It’s understood the attack corresponds to known details of a boarding, and the helicopter involved appeared to be one used by Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, which has carried out other ship raids in the past.

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations showed a report on X describing a ship being “seized by regional authorities” in the Gulf of Oman off the Emirati port city of Fujairah.

The vessel involved is likely the Portuguese-flagged MSC Aries, a container ship reportedly part of a group owned by an Israeli billionaire.

 

Iran did not immediately acknowledge seizing any vessel, nor was there any report carried by state media about the incident.

However, Iran since 2019 has engaged in a series of ship seizures and had attacks on vessels attributed to it amid ongoing tensions with the West over its rapidly advancing nuclear program.

The Gulf of Oman is near the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf through which a fifth of all globally traded oil passes.

Fujairah, on the United Arab Emirates’ eastern coast, is a main port in the region for ships to take on new oil cargo, pick up supplies or trade out crew.

Since 2019, the waters off Fujairah have seen a series of explosions and hijackings. The US Navy blamed Iran for limpet mine attacks on vessels that damaged tankers.

Samantha Parker

By Samantha Parker

Samantha is a seasoned journalist with a passion for uncovering the truth behind the headlines. With years of experience in investigative reporting, she has covered a wide range of topics including politics, crime, and entertainment. Her in-depth analysis and commitment to factual accuracy make her a respected voice in the field of journalism.

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2 thoughts on “Israel Warns of ‘Consequences’ after Terrifying Iran Attack Sparks World War 3 Threat!”
  1. Iran should reconsider its actions as Israel is clearly not taking their aggression lightly. The situation in the region is tense, and such provocative acts can only lead to more conflict. Let’s hope that cooler heads prevail and prevent any further escalation.

  2. What are the potential implications of this Iranian attack on international trade routes?

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