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British FM says ‘highly likely’ Iran behind attack on Israeli-operated ship

Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab looks on before signing an agreement with his French counterpart (not seen) in Paris on July 26, 2021. (Sameer Al-Doumy/AFP)
Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab looks on before signing an agreement with his French counterpart (not seen) in Paris on July 26, 2021. (Sameer Al-Doumy/AFP)

British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab says it’s “highly likely” that Iran was behind the attack on an Israeli-operated ship near Oman that left two dead, including a UK national.

“We believe this attack was deliberate, targeted, and a clear violation of international law by Iran,” Raab says in a statement.

“Iran must end such attacks, and vessels must be allowed to navigate freely in accordance with international law,” he adds. “The UK is working with our international partners on a concerted response to this unacceptable attack.”

The comments come after Prime Minister Naftali Bennett explicitly blamed Iran earlier today for the attack, which the Islamic Republic has denied responsibility for.

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