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European Union: Evidence ‘clearly points to Iran’ in deadly attack on tanker

In this image provided by Maxar Technologies, the oil tanker Mercer Street is seen off the coast of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, on August 4, 2021. (Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies via AP)
In this image provided by Maxar Technologies, the oil tanker Mercer Street is seen off the coast of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, on August 4, 2021. (Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies via AP)

The European Union issues a statement condemning last month’s fatal attack on an Israel-linked commercial vessel in the Arabian Sea, saying that “all available evidence clearly points to Iran.”

The EU’s High Representative for foreign policy, Josep Borrell, condemns “in strongest terms the unlawful attack committed on the merchant vessel Mercer Street, off Masirah Island in Oman.”

“Such reckless and unilateral actions, against international law and threatening to international peace, are unacceptable and need to stop,” he adds. “Freedom of navigation must be guaranteed in accordance with international law.

“The EU will continue the intense diplomatic efforts to advance appropriate and effective dialogue and solutions.”

Tehran has strongly denied having any link to the July 29 attack on the MT Mercer Street, an oil products tanker managed by a firm owned by an Israeli billionaire, but has faced an increasing wave of accusations in recent days from Israel, the United States and Britain, as well as other countries.

A British security guard and a Romanian crew member were killed in the attack.

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