Israeli Gov't Claims IRGC's Air Force Commander Behind Mercer Incident Off Oman Coast
"Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC’s Air Force, is behind dozens of terror attacks in the region employing UAVs and missiles," Gantz said, as quoted by The Times of Israel. "For the first time ever, I will also expose the man who is directly responsible for the launch of suicide UAVs — his name is Saeed Ara Jani and he is the head of the IRGC’s UAV command."
Zodiac Maritime, a ship management company owned by Israeli businessman Eyal Ofer, said that the tanker was attacked in the Gulf of Oman, adding that the suspected piracy incident left two crew members, citizens of Romania and the UK, dead. Later, the company said that the crew took back control of the ship and the US navy was escorting it.
The United States has vowed to hold Tehran accountable for its alleged involvement.
I reiterated my condolences to @dominicraab for the loss of a UK citizen in Iran’s attack on the Mercer Street vessel, which was peacefully transiting international waters. We discussed next steps to hold Iran accountable and defend the freedom of navigation.— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) August 4, 2021
Iran is not messing about when it comes to protecting its borders and interests, IRGC navy commander Alireza Tangsiri said on Wednesday, as quoted by the Tasnim news agency.
Reported "incidents" in the Persian Gulf and broader region appear utterly suspicious.— Saeed Khatibzadeh (@SKhatibzadeh) August 3, 2021
Reaffirming our strong commitment to regional stability & maritime security, Iran stands ready to offer assistance in case of any maritime accidents.