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Israeli-linked ship hit in drone attack arrives at UAE anchorage

Tugboats are moored next to the Israeli-linked tanker MT Mercer Street, off the Fujairah port in the United Arab Emirates, on August 3, 2021. (Karim Sahib/AFP)
Tugboats are moored next to the Israeli-linked tanker MT Mercer Street, off the Fujairah port in the United Arab Emirates, on August 3, 2021. (Karim Sahib/AFP)

FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates — An Israeli-linked vessel that was attacked off Oman last week anchors off the UAE emirate of Fujairah today amid accusations Iran was behind the attack in which two crew members were killed.

Low visibility due to high humidity makes it difficult to see the damage to the vessel in its mooring in the Gulf of Oman off the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates, an AFP correspondent reports.

Tracking service MarineTraffic says the Liberian-flagged vessel reached its mooring at 2:47 a.m. local time.

The UAE, which normalized ties with Israel last year, has not officially commented on the tanker incident.

Both the United States and Israel have said their intelligence assessments of Thursday’s incident concluded that an Iranian drone attacked the ship, managed by prominent Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer, as it sailed off Oman.

Tehran denied the accusation and warned against “adventurism.”

A British security guard and a Romanian crew member were killed in what analysts say bore all the hallmarks of the “shadow war” between Iran and Israel, which has included attacks on shipping in waters around the Gulf.

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