Israel asserted that Iran was directly responsible for another attack on an oil tanker in the Indian Ocean on Friday, as the Biden administration’s threats have been ineffective in discouraging Iran and its terrorist proxies from continuing their attacks.
The drone assault on the MV Chem Pluto tanker, flying the flag of Liberia, transpired off the coast of India.
This location is considerably closer to Iran than the Red Sea, where the majority of attacks orchestrated by Houthi terrorists based in Yemen and sponsored by Iran have transpired in recent months.
The vessel was the target of an attack due to its alleged Israeli affiliation, while local media outlets reported that the drone was launched from within Iran.
Later that day, the U.S. Department of Defense issued a statement late on Saturday confirming Israel’s claim that Iran was responsible for the attack, stating that “a one-way attack drone fired from Iran” executed the strike.
A fire broke out on the vessel as a result of the strike, but it was ultimately put out. Despite suffering damage and sustaining water ingress, the assault did not resulted in any reported casualties.
The ship’s twenty or so crew members appeared to be citizens of India.
Adrienne Watson, a spokesman for the National Security Council of the White House, stated on Friday that in the course of Israel’s conflict with Hamas, over a hundred assaults have been executed against commercial cargo vessels.
The hostilities that Hamas, an Islamic terrorist organization sponsored by Iran, executed 1,200 Israelis, injured 5,300, and abducted over 240 during their attacks on October 7 sparked the conflict.