On July 3, an Israeli-owned cargo ship came under attack while sailing in the northern Indian ocean, according to the al-Mayadin TV.
A source with knowledge on the incident told the Beirut-based channel that a “fire broke out at the ship,” adding that the vessel was targeted with an “unidentified weapon.”
“The Israeli ship was anchored in the [Saudi] port of Jeddah, before moving towards the coast of the Emirates,” the source said.
Israeli officials confirmed al-Mayadin’s report without providing any addition information on the incident. The ship in question is yet to be identified.
Al-Mayadin’s source linked the attack to a sabotage attempt that targeted a building of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) in Karaj city, 40 km to the west of the capital Tehran, on June 23. The attempt was thwarted by Iranian security forces. The Israel intelligence was likely behind the incident.
Israel and Iran have been locked up in covert war for years. A recent report by the Wall Street Journal revealed that the Israeli intelligence targeted over a dozen Iranian vessels bound for Syria in the last two years. Most of the targeted vessels were carrying oil.
This year, Tel Aviv escalated its covert operations against Iran. On April 11, an act of sabotage plotted by the Israeli intelligence hit Iran’s main uranium enrichment plant.