🔴 Israel’s foreign minister has implored the British government to respond “severely” after a suspected Iran ian drone attack on a tanker off the coast of Oman killed a British citizen
The British citizen was killed by a drone strike on a vessel off the coast of Oman
The unidentified Briton, as well as a Romanian crew member, died late on Thursday night after the “Mercer Street” oil tanker was hit by a wave of self-detonating drones in the Arabian Sea.US officials have said they believe that the ship was attacked by a so-called kamikaze drone, which is laden with explosives and detonates on impact with its target.
Israel quickly accused Iran - its regional arch-foe - of being behind the attack and urged Britain to take action against Iran, but was met with silence from London.“[I] noted to him the need to respond severely to the attack,” said Yair Lapid, Israel’s foreign minister, referring to his British counterpart.
Mr Lapid added: “Iran is not just an Israeli problem, but an exporter of terror, destruction and instability that hurt us all. The world must not be silent in the face of Iranian terror.”However, when Mr Raab was asked to respond to Mr Lapid’s comments, his staff referred the Sunday Telegraph to a statement from the previous day which did not apportion blame to any country or group. headtopics.com
"We are deeply concerned by today’s incident off the coast of Oman. Our thoughts are with the loved ones of the British and Romanian nationals killed in the incident,” the statement read.“Vessels must be allowed to navigate freely in accordance with international law,” it added.
The British government’s silence will come as a disappointment to Israel, which in recent years has aggressively lobbied its allies to adopt a tougher stance on Iran.It was not immediately clear on Saturday if the British government was planning any response to the suspected Iranian strike, such as by imposing sanctions.
However, Israel has said it plans to seek penalties for Iran over the killings via the United Nations.Analysys said last night that the drone attack which killed the British security guard was likely related to an ongoing ‘shadow war’ between Israel and Iran in the Gulf.
On Saturday, an Israeli military official told the Ynet newspaper that they would launch their own response to the attack on the Mercer Street vessel. “The only question is how and when we’ll respond,” the Israeli official said.It came as the British maritime security firm Ambrey confirmed that the Briton killed on board the Mercer Street ship was one of its guards. headtopics.com
‘It is with deep regret that I can confirm that an Ambrey team member has tragically been killed in a security incident,” an Ambrey spokesman said.“The incident occurred in the northern Indian Ocean onboard the product tanker M/T Mercer Street. We can confirm a member of the crew was also killed.”
Ambrey added that it was working closely with “all relevant authorities” and was offering “all the support possible to the victim’s next of kin.”The company, which claims to protect more ships than any other security firm worldwide, has offices in Hereford, London and Nigeria.Read more: The Telegraph »
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