Published: 2023-11-25 15:33
Last Updated: 2024-02-26 19:13
A container ship owned by an “Israeli businessman” came under attack by a suspected Iranian-made drone in the Indian Ocean on Friday, according to a US defense official, speaking anonymously to Agence France-Presse (AFP).
"We are aware of reports that a triangle-shaped, bomb-carrying Shahed-136 drone targeted a ship in the Indian Ocean," stated the official, noting that the ship sustained minor damage and no injuries among its crew were reported.
In response, the maritime security company "Ambrey" reported that the ship, flying the flag of Malta and operated by a French company, suffered damage when the drone exploded in close proximity.
The company added that the ship is managed by a company associated with the Israeli Occupation, suggesting that this may be the reason for its targeting.
“Ambrey” also mentioned that in the days preceding the attack, the ship's tracking signals were turned off shortly after it departed from a port in the United Arab Emirates.
The reports of the attack come about a week after Houthi rebels in Yemen announced the seizure of a ship owned by an “Israeli businessman” in the Red Sea.
The seizure of the ship is part of the Iran-aligned Houthis in targeting the Israeli Occupation’s ships response to the current campaign of aggression waged against Gaza - stating that any “Israeli-affiliated ship” will be a “legitimate target.”