Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency said the Saviz was the target of the attack of the limpet mines.
The semi-official Tasnim news agency reported on Tuesday citing information obtained by its reporters that Iran’s Saviz was attacked by mines in the Red Sea.
Tasnim reported: “The Iranian ship Saviz has been stationed in the Red Sea for the past few years to support the Iranian commandos assigned to escort commercial ships (anti-piracy),” Tasnim reported.
Al Arabiya TV cited unnamed sources as saying the ship was attacked off the coast of Eritrea and affiliated with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, but did not provide assertive evidence.
There was no immediate Iran official response to the incident.
It is the latest in a series of reported attacks against Israeli and Iranian ships since the end of February, in which two enemies have accused each other.
The incidents have occurred since US President Joe Biden took office in January with a pledge to rejoin the 2015 world powers’ nuclear deal with Iran – abandoned by his predecessor Donald Trump in a move welcomed by Israel – if Tehran returns to fully comply with the agreement.
Iran and the United States on Tuesday kicked off indirect negotiations in Vienna including other major powers on how to revive the deal. Both Iran and the US call the negotiations “constructive”.
Israeli officials declined to comment on Tuesday’s reported attack against Iranian ships.
Earlier in the day, prior to news of the attack, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in comments to the lawmakers of his right-wing Likud party, said not to go back to the “dangerous” nuclear accord. “.
“In parallel, we must continue to fight Iran’s aggression in our region,” he added.
And this threat is not a theoretical one. I do not speak in an exaggeration We must act in the face of the fanatical regime in Iran, which simply threatens to erase us from the face of the Earth.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Tuesday that the Biden administration is not predicting any change to Iran’s policy amid talks over the restoration of the nuclear deal.
There have been three other attacks reported against Iranian or Israeli ships since Feb. 25.
On March 25, a cargo ship owned by an Israeli company was damaged by a missile in the Arabian Sea, which is suspected of an attack, according to a senior Israeli security official. of Iran. The ship was able to continue its journey, he said.
Two weeks ago, Iranian state media quoted an Iranian investigator as saying that Israel was most likely behind the explosion that caused a small fire on an Iranian container ship in the Mediterranean.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz declined to comment directly at the time but said Iran routinely sends weapons to its mandate forces in the region.
On February 26, Netanyahu blamed Iran for an explosion on an Israeli-owned vehicle carrier in the Gulf of Oman. A US official said the blast punctured holes in both sides of the hull and an Israeli official said it had used a limpet mine. Iran disclaims responsibility.