Israel criticizes Iran after deadly attack on tanker ship near Oman Aug 01, 2021 0 353 12345 dpa Tel AvivIsrael has criticised Iran following a deadly attack on a tanker ship in the north of the Indian Ocean.Two crew members on the ship with Israeli links died in the attack as the vessel travelled off the coast of Oman, the British-based management company Zodiac Maritime said on Friday.A Romanian national and a British national died, a company statement said.Zodiac is chaired by Israeli shipping magnate Eyal Ofer. The firm manages the tanker, M/T Mercer Street, which is owned by a Japanese company.“Iran is not only an Israeli problem, but an exporter of terror, destruction and instability that harm us all,” Foreign Minister Yair Lapid tweeted late on Friday.The attack appears to have been carried out by several unmanned Iranian drones, according to a report in the New York Times, citing Israeli sources.Lapid wrote that he had stressed to Britain’s Foreign Minister Dominic Raab the need for a firm response to the attack. He had also instructed embassies in Washington, London and at the UN to reach out to the appropriate contacts at the UN.On Friday, Zodiac Maritime had said there was a suspected attack by armed pirates on the tanker as it headed from Tanzania to the Emirate of Fujairah, without any cargo on board.Vessels with Israeli links have repeatedly been attacked in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman in recent months.In early July a freighter was attacked that had previously been owned by Zodiac Maritime, according to media reports.At the time, Israeli daily Haaretz reported that Israel suspected Iran of being behind that attack. Similar incidents occurred in February and April, which Israel also blamed Iran for.In April, an Iranian freight vessel was slightly damaged in an explosion in the Red Sea. According to the News York Times daily, Israel had been behind this attack.Israel and Iran are arch-enemies, while Israel has now established diplomatic relations with the Gulf states of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Afghan fighting escalates as Taliban tries to capture major cities Aug 01, 2021 0 394 Turkish emergency forces battle wildfires Aug 01, 2021 0 32 Indian forces kill top militant behind Kashmir bombing Aug 01, 2021 0 29 20 killed, 18 wounded in two traffic accidents in eastern Afghanistan Kabul: At least 20 people were killed in two traffic accidents in the past 12 hours in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Laghman, officials said on Saturday. The incidents occurred in the Qarghahi district of the .. Major Libya route connecting east and west reopens after warring sides agree Benghazi: A major road linking eastern and western Libya has officially reopened after the step was approved by the country’s warring sides. In June, Libyan Prime Minister Abdul-Hamid Dbeibeh declared the .. Several dead following attack on funeral service in Iraq’s Yathrib Baghdad: Several people were killed in an attack on a funeral service in Yathrib, in Iraq, according to INA state news agency, citing security sources. Witnesses said 13 people had died and at least 50 were injured. .. Seven members of Kurdish family murdered in Turkey after threats Istanbul: Seven members of a Kurdish family were murdered on Friday evening in the Turkish region of Central Anatolia, following a series of racist threats. Attackers broke into the family’s home in the city of Konya ..