TV report: Israel believes drone fired at tanker off India was launched directly from Iran

Israel believes the drone fired at a tanker off the coast of India a short while ago was launched directly from Iran, Channel 12 reports, although this remains unconfirmed.

The ship, said to be a Liberia-flagged chemical/products tanker, sustained damage but there were no casualties, two maritime agencies said, with one reporting, without confirmation, that the vessel is linked to Israel.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the strike, which comes amid a flurry of drone and missile attacks by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis on a vital shipping lane in the Red Sea in solidarity with Gaza.

However, as the attack occurred some 200 nautical miles southwest of Veraval, India, it is unlikely to have been carried out from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen.

AFP contributed to this report.

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