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In light of the tension with Iran, the security of the sea lanes comes to the fore

A few days ago, a ship in the Sea of ​​Oman re-targeted the issue of sea lanes security to the fore, amid several previous accusations by Iran of disturbing the safety of maritime navigation.

The targeting of the huge ship “MV Helios Ray” came. , Amidst a sharp escalation in tensions between the United States and Iran over its 2015 nuclear agreement, after Tehran tried to pressure the administration of US President Joe Biden to return the benefits it obtained under this agreement with world powers, which former President Donald Trump abandoned years ago.

“It came in revenge.”

Although the cause of the explosion of the Israeli-owned ship was not known, the Iranian newspaper “Kayhan”, close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, considered In its editorial today, Sunday, that “the attack was in retaliation for the resistance (by this phrase is often meant militias loyal to Iran) of the recent Israeli attacks and crimes in the region,” referring to the strike that targeted Iraqi militias in Syria, and other previous strikes.

The hard-line newspaper, whose editor-in-chief was appointed by Khamenei, also claimed that the ship was an espionage mission in the region, without progress. There is no evidence to support this claim.

Main oil corridor

It is noteworthy that the ship that was targeted on Friday was hit by two manholes in the port side and two holes in its right side. Directly above the water line, according to what US defense officials confirmed to the Associated Press.

In addition, this explosion recalled a series of attacks on foreign oil tankers in 2019, which the US Navy blamed on Iran, While the latter denied any role in the suspected attacks, which occurred near the Strait of Hormuz, which is a major passage for oil.

Washington and several countries in the region have always accused Iran of threatening the security of global maritime navigation, through the movements of the Revolutionary Guard. And his boats in the sea, as well as some militias in the region.

It is noteworthy that the Revolutionary Guards previously seized ships sailing in the region, perhaps the last of which was a ship belonging to South Korea.

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