UN Urges to Avoid Escalatory Actions After Israel Threat to Strike Iran Over Tanker Attack
17:02 GMT 05.08.2021 (Updated: 17:07 GMT 05.08.2021)
© REUTERS / JOHAN VICTORThe Mercer Street, a Japanese-owned Liberian-flagged tanker managed by Israeli-owned Zodiac Maritime that was attacked off Oman coast as seen in Cape Town, South Africa, December 31, 2015 in this picture obtained from ship tracker website, MarineTraffic.com. Picture taken December 31, 2015. Johan Victor/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.
© REUTERS / JOHAN VICTOR
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - The United Nations called on Iran and Israel to avoid any action that could escalate the already tense situation over last week's attack on the tanker Mercer Street in the Arabian Sea, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in a press briefing on Thursday.
Earlier, Israel warned it was prepared to strike Iran over its alleged responsibility for the attack on the tanker off the coast of Oman in which two people were killed.
"What is important for all of the parties involved or interested in this to avoid any escalatory action or rhetoric that could make the tense situation worse," Dujarric said.
MV Mercer Street, a Japanese-owned vessel with alleged links to an Israeli billionaire, was attacked off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea last Thursday. The attack resulted in the deaths of two crew members, one from Romania and the other from the UK.