Iran rejects Netanyahu accusations that Tehran is ‘clearly’ behind Israeli ship blast

Iran rejects Netanyahu accusations that Tehran is ‘clearly’ behind Israeli ship blast
An Israeli-owned ship hit by an explosion in the strategic Gulf of Oman waterway is seen after arrival at a port in Dubai Feb 28, 2021. (Reuters)
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Updated 01 March 2021

Iran rejects Netanyahu accusations that Tehran is ‘clearly’ behind Israeli ship blast

Iran rejects Netanyahu accusations that Tehran is ‘clearly’ behind Israeli ship blast

JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Iran on Monday for a blast aboard an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman last week, but Iran rejected the charge.

The MV Helios Ray, a vehicle-carrier ship, was hit overnight by a blast above the water line that a US official said ripped holes in both sides of its hull.

“This was indeed an operation by Iran. That is clear,” Netanyahu told Kan radio.

Asked if Israel would retaliate, he repeated previous statements about his determination to prevent Iran from developing nuclear capacity and added: “We are striking at it (Iran) all over the region.”

Meanwhile, Iran's foreign ministry on Monday “strongly” rejected accusations by Netanyahu that Tehran was behind the attack on the Israeli-owned ship.

“We strongly deny this accusation,” spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said at a press conference, adding that “the source of this accusation itself shows how invalid (the claim) is.”

(with Reuters and AFP)

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