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Iranian military vows response to attack on ship in Red Sea

The Iranian ship 'Saviz' in the Red Sea, in 2018. (Al Arabiya video screenshot)
The Iranian ship 'Saviz' in the Red Sea, in 2018. (Al Arabiya video screenshot)

Iran will “definitely” respond to a recent attack on an Iranian ship in the Red Sea, a spokesman for the Islamic Republic’s military says.

Brig. Gen. Abolfazl Shekarchi tells Russian news agency Sputnik that Iran is investigating Tuesday’s attack on the Saviz and will not retaliate until the completion of the probe.

“If we uncover the source of the attack on the ship, we will definitely respond, we will never be silent,” he says.

Shekarchi also says Iran suspects Israel and the US are linked to the attack.

The Saviz, which was reportedly hit by a limpet mine, has allegedly been used for years by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a command-and-control center for its operations in the region.

A US official told the New York Times on Tuesday that Israeli forces carried out the attack.

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