Iran captures ship linked to Israel with 25 people on board – El Sol de México

The Revolutionary Guard of Iran captured a ship “associated” with Israel this Saturday in the Persian Gulf, amid tensions over the possible Iranian response to Israeli attack on its consulate in Damascusreported media from the Persian country.

“The Navy of the Revolutionary Guard seized a cargo ship associated with the Zionist regime (Israel),” reported the Tasnim agency, linked to that elite military body.

The captured ship would be the ‘MSC ARIES’, with the Portuguese flagand according to Tasnim, linked to the Israeli-owned company ‘Zodiac Maritime’.

The ship “linked” to Israel has 25 crew members on board, reported the MSC company, which “is working closely with the competent authorities” to guarantee the safety of its occupants.

“We regret to confirm that the vessel MSC Aries, owned by Gortal Shipping Inc, affiliated with Zodiac Maritime and chartered to MSC, was boarded by Iranian authorities with a helicopter while crossing the Strait of Hormuz at around 2.43 GMT this morning,” it says. a statement.

Iranian media such as the SNN agency showed videos of soldiers descending from a helicopter and boarding a ship

The ship, according to maritime portals, left Khalifa, in the UAE, heading to Nhava Sheva, in India, and its last position received was yesterday in the same place where the collision took place.

Iran seizes oil tankers and cargo ships with some frequency in the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf, the last time on January 11 when a ship was boarded in the Sea of ​​Oman and taken to Iranian waters.

The incident occurs in the middle of strong tensions in the Middle East for a possible attack by Iran against Israel in retaliation for the bombing of the Iranian consulate in Damascus on April 1.

Six Syrians and seven members of the Revolutionary Guard died in that attack.among them the leader of its Quds Force branch for Syria and Lebanon, Brigadier General Mohamed Reza Zahedi.

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Iranian authorities have repeatedly vowed revenge for the attack on the diplomatic headquarters.

The American President of the United States, Joe Biden considered yesterday that Iran’s eventual attack on Israel will come “sooner rather than later” and American media assured that the Iranian response was imminent.

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