Helicopter Raid on Ship Near Strait of Hormuz; Official Blames Iran
Helicopter Raid on Ship Near Strait of Hormuz; Official Blames Iran

A recent attack on a ship near the Strait of Hormuz has raised tensions in the Middle East. According to a defense official in the region, Iran is believed to be behind the assault. Commandos carried out the raid by helicopter on Saturday, as shown in video footage released by the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations. The incident occurred in the Gulf of Oman, off the coast of Fujairah, a city in the United Arab Emirates.

Details about the raid are still emerging, but the helicopter used in the operation appears to belong to Iran's Revolutionary Guard, a paramilitary force known for similar actions in the past. This incident comes amid escalating tensions between Iran and the West, exacerbated by a recent suspected Israeli strike on the Iranian Consulate in Syria.

Iran has not officially acknowledged seizing any vessel, and state media have not reported on the incident. However, since 2019, Iran has been involved in a series of ship seizures and attacks attributed to it, particularly amidst ongoing disputes over its nuclear program.

The Gulf of Oman, located near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, is a crucial passage for global oil transportation. Fujairah, situated on the eastern coast of the UAE, serves as a vital port for oil-related activities, including cargo shipments and crew changes.

In recent years, Fujairah has witnessed a string of incidents, including explosions and hijackings. The US Navy has accused Iran of conducting limpet mine attacks on tankers in the region. These events underscore the volatility of the area and the ongoing geopolitical tensions.

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