UK blames Iran for deadly oil tanker attack off Oman

The UK has blamed Iran for an attack on an oil tanker in which two crew members, including a British national, were killed.
In a statement published on Sunday, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab accused Iran of carrying out a “deliberate, targeted” assault which he says constituted “a clear violation of international law”.

The incident occurred last Thursday when the MV Mercer Street was off Oman’s Coast in the Arabian Sea.
“The UK condemns the unlawful and callous attack committed on a merchant vessel off the coast of Oman, which killed a British and a Romanian national,” Mr Raab said.
“Our thoughts are with the friends and family of those killed in the incident.

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“We believe this attack was deliberate, targeted, and a clear violation of international law by Iran.

“UK assessments have concluded that it is highly likely that Iran attacked the MV Mercer Street in international waters off Oman on July 29 using one or more unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

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“Iran must end such attacks, and vessels must be allowed to navigate freely in accordance with international law.
“The UK is working with our international partners on a concerted response to this unacceptable attack.”
Earlier this week an Israeli foreign minister also accused Iran of being behind the incident.
Iran has not yet commented on the allegations.
A Romanian citizen was also killed in the attack.

Source : Sky News