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Iran seizes Israeli-affiliated ship off UAE coast

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Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guards have taken control of a vessel associated with Israel in the Strait of Hormuz, located 50 nautical miles off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.

Commandos descended from a helicopter onto the container ship, the Portuguese-flagged MSC Aries, as reported by the Guardian UK.

Iran’s state news agency announced that the vessel was being moved to Iran’s territorial waters. The attack was carried out by the special forces unit of the guards’ navy.

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The MSC Aries is connected to the London-based Zodiac Maritime ship management company, which is part of the Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer’s Zodiac Group.

MSC, based in Geneva, later confirmed the seizure and stated that there were 25 crew members on board the vessel.

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) agency issued a statement saying that the incident occurred northeast of Fujairah.

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“Vessel reported to have been seized by regional authorities. Vessels are advised to transit with caution and report any suspicious activity to UKMTO,” UKMTO said.

This announcement followed an earlier report indicating that the vessel had been “boarded.”

The Strait of Hormuz, situated between the Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, is bordered by Iran to the north.

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