Graphic shows recent shipping attacks in the Middle East.


US, UK and Israel blame Iran for ship attack

August 2, 2021 - The United States and Britain have blamed Iran for carrying out a drone attack on an Israeli-managed tanker off the coast of Oman that killed a Briton and a Romanian. Iran has denied it was involved in the incident.

The strike on the Mercer Street marked the first-known fatal attack after years of assaults on commercial shipping in the region linked to tensions with Iran over its tattered nuclear deal.

While no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, Iran and its militia allies have used so-called “suicide” drones in attacks previously, which crash into targets and detonate their explosive payloads. However, Israel, the UK and the responding U.S. Navy have yet to show physical evidence from the strike or offer intelligence information on why they blame Tehran.

PUBLISHED: 02/08/2021; STORY: Graphic News