US, UK And Israel Blame Iran For Ship Attack; Tehran Denies

This Jan. 2, 2016 photo shows the Liberian-flagged oil tanker Mercer Street off Cape Town, South Africa. The oil tanker linked to an Israeli billionaire reportedly came under attack off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea, authorities said Friday, July 30, 2021, as details about the incident remained few. (Johan Victor via AP)

(AP) — The United States has joined the United Kingdom and Israel in accusing Iran of carrying out a deadly drone strike that killed two aboard a tanker off Oman.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made the announcement in a statement Sunday. Blinken said: “Upon review of the available information, we are confident that Iran conducted this attack, which killed two innocent people, using one-way explosive (drones), a lethal capability it is increasingly employing throughout the region.”

He added that there was “no justification for this attack, which follows a pattern of attacks and other belligerent behavior.” Iran earlier denied being involved. Israel’s prime minister directly blamed Iran and made a veiled threat about retaliating.


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