Tanker ship off India hit by attack drone ‘fired from Iran’: Pentagon | India News – Times of India

 Tanker ship off India hit by attack drone 'fired from Iran': Pentagon | India News - Times of India

WASHINGTON: A Japanese-owned chemical tanker hit the Indian coast on Saturday after it was targeted by a drone. Iran“D The Pentagon said, a sign of the dangers extending beyond commercial shipping The Red Sea.
The attack came amid drone and missile attacks by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels on a key Red Sea shipping lane since the start of the Israel-Hamas war on October 7, which the group has staged in solidarity with Gaza. Claimed
Saturday’s attack happened around 10 a.m. local time (0600 GMT) and there were no casualties on board, he said, adding that the fire had been extinguished.
It added that the US military is “in contact with the ship as it continues towards a destination in India”.
The drone strike took place 200 nautical miles (370 km) off India’s coast, he said, adding that no US Navy ships were in the vicinity.
It was the first time the Pentagon has publicly accused Iran of targeting ships since Israel began its war against the militant group Hamas, which is backed by Iran.
The Pentagon said in a statement. MV Cam Pluto The ship flew under the Liberian flag and was operated by a Dutch company, although the ship is owned by a Japanese company.
Embrey, a maritime security firm, said the “chemical/products tanker … was associated with Israel” and was en route to India from Saudi Arabia.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the Dutch company operating the MV Chem Pluto “is linked to Israeli shipping tycoon Idan Ofer.”
The Indian Navy said it had responded to the request for assistance.
“An aircraft was dispatched and reached the top of the vessel and secured the vessel and its crew,” a navy official told AFP.
“An Indian Navy warship has also been dispatched to provide assistance as required.”
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the strike.
Last month, an Israeli-owned cargo ship was targeted in the Indian Ocean by a suspected drone strike by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, according to a US official.
According to Embrey, the Maltese-flagged ship, operated by an Israeli-linked company, was damaged when an unmanned aerial vehicle exploded near it.
Attacks on Red Sea shipping since the start of the Israel-Hamas war have prompted major firms to reroute their cargo ships around the southern tip of Africa, despite high long-haul fuel prices. There are more.
According to the Pentagon, Houthi rebels have carried out more than 100 drone and missile attacks, including 10 commercial vessels from more than 35 different countries.
On Saturday, an official in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warned that other waterways would be forcibly closed unless Israel ends its war with Hamas.
“With the continuation of these crimes, the United States and its allies should expect the emergence of new resistance forces and the closure of other waterways,” Mohammad Reza Naqdi was quoted as saying by Iran’s Tasnim news agency.
Among the waterways he mentioned was the Mediterranean Sea. He did not elaborate.

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