The Israeli campaign at sea marks a new dimension in the country’s campaign to counter Iran’s military and economic entrenchment and its support of allied groups in the region.
Israel has targeted at least a dozen vessels bound for Syria and mostly carrying Iranian oil out of concern that petroleum profits are funding extremism in the Middle East, U.S. and regional officials say, in a new front in the conflict between Israel and Iran.
Since late 2019, Israel has used weaponry including water mines to strike Iranian vessels or those carrying Iranian cargo as they navigate toward Syria in the Red Sea and in other areas of the region.
Some of the naval attacks also have targeted Iranian efforts to move other cargo including weaponry through the region, according to U.S. officials.
The attacks on the tankers carrying Iranian oil haven’t been previously disclosed. Iranian officials have reported some of the attacks earlier and have said they suspect Israeli involvement.
According to Tehran shipping companies quoted by the newspaper, three attacks on Iranian ships were carried out in 2019, six in 2020. Last month, Israeli saboteurs attached a mine off the coast of Lebanon to the hull of an Iranian ship at anchor.
TEL AVIV: Amid confused reports of a drone attack on an Iranian ship in the Mediterranean on its way to Syria, Iran appears to have moved its weapons shipments to Syria and Lebanon from the land — where Israel has regularly tracked and destroyed them — to ships that may be receiving protection...
Amid confused reports of a drone attack on an Iranian ship in the Mediterranean on its way to Syria, Iran appears to have moved its weapons shipments to Syria and Lebanon from the land — where Israel has regularly tracked and destroyed them — to ships that may be receiving protection from Russian vessels in the Mediterranean.
At the same time, defense sources here say Israel has intensified its aerial attacks on targets in Syria once the weapons are delivered by sea. The last such attack was on April 22.
Israeli defense sources here say the Iranian ships sail from the Red Sea, transit the Suez Canal and arrive in the Mediterranean. The defense sources say the ships documents claim they carry only oil, but there are indications that “oil is not the only cargo.”
Israel finds itself in a situation where little can be done to stop this new route from Iran to Syria.
Russian military aircraft Tu-134AK with tail number RA-65992 landed at Tel Aviv airport on Thursday. This is the second arrival of the plane to Israel this week - in the afternoon of April 27, it also flew to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport and less than a couple of hours later went to the Russian Khmeimim airbase in Syria.
Last night Israel bombed a Scientific Research Base & ammo warehouses in Damascus-Homs (Hashma) province, causing an unusually high death toll. At least 8 killed, among them there are a Colonel & Engineer and several soldiers & NDF fighters.
An Israeli merchant ship leaving Jeddah is reported to have been attacked by "unknown weapons" while in the Indian Ocean. A fire broke out on the ship.
The first image of the wrecked ship has been released - a container ship Csav Tyndall
Fire breaks out aboard Liberia-flagged CSAV Tyndall, formerly owned by Eyal Ofer's Zodiac Maritime; Israeli officials believe Iran behind attack
An earlier version of this report, citing Hebrew-language media, noted that the vessel was owned by Zodiac Maritime, a London-based company belonging to Israeli tycoon Eyal Ofer. The vessel was indeed previously owned by the company, but was sold several months ago.
“Following reports in the media, we can confirm that the vessel CSAV Tyndall is not owned or operated by Zodiac Maritime, which is a UK ship management company,” the firm said in a statement released Saturday.
Strange how Syrian AA always shoots down all of the Juicy missiles while civilians in the area are busy filming massive fireballs randomly occuring at Syrian bases and industrial sites. It's like there's a connection here ?
Israel has escalated its response to rockets fired from Lebanon by launching rare airstrikes against its northern neighbor.
A statement from the Israeli military said jets struck the launch sites from which the rockets were fired, as well as an additional target used to attack Israel in the past. The military blamed the state of Lebanon for the shelling and warned “against further attempts to harm Israeli civilians and Israel’s sovereignty.”
Several incidents leading up to this week’s rocket fire from Lebanon have focused attention on Israel’s northern border.
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