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1 August 2021

DUBAI, UAE On Sunday, Israel’s prime minister blamed Iran for a drone attack that killed two people on an oil tanker off Oman’s coast.

Premier Naftali Bennett and Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh made their remarks following the fatal attack on the oil tanker Mercer Street on Thursday night.

Although no one has claimed responsibility, Iran and its militia allies have used “suicide” drones in the past.

When asked if Iran was behind the attack, Khatibzadeh said it was “baseless”.

It’s nothing new, says Khatibzadeh. “Those responsible for this (attack) allowed the Israeli regime to establish itself in this region.”

It is not surprising that the well-known anti-Iran lobby in the US takes every opportunity to accuse Iran.

An hour earlier, Iran’s outgoing president admitted that his government “didn’t always tell the whole truth” to the public during his tenure.

Bennett blamed Iran for the attack in Jerusalem’s weekly Cabinet meeting.

The USS Ronald Reagan and the guided missile destroyer USS Mitscher escorted the Mercer Street to a safe port, the 5th Fleet said early Saturday. Experts believe a drone attacked the vessel.

A drone attack blew a hole in the top of the oil tanker’s bridge, a US official said. The official requested anonymity because the attack was still under investigation.

An Israeli billionaire, Eyal Ofer’s Zodiac Group manages the Mercer Street. The attack killed two crew members, one from the UK and one from Romania. It didn’t say who they were or what happened in the attack. It said no other crew members were hurt.

The Mercer Street attack killed one of Ambrey’s team members on board.

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