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Weekend Reads Netanyahu accuses Iran of attacking Israeli ship and promises to retaliate

11:25  01 march  2021
11:25  01 march  2021 Source:   france24.com

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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Monday that his country "will hit" Iran "all over the region" after accusing the country of being the source of an explosion on board an Israeli ship last week in the Arabian Sea.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran on Monday March 1 of being the source of the explosion last week on an Israeli ship in the Arabian Sea and pledged a retaliation against Iranian interests "everywhere In the region".

The MV Helios Ray, an Israeli vessel carrying vehicles, was making the trip between the Saudi city of Dammam and Singapore at the time the explosion took place off the Sultanate of Oman, according to Dryad Global, a company specializing in the maritime safety.

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The Arabian Sea is located between Iran and Oman, at the exit of the strategic Strait of Hormuz through which a large part passes global oil and where a US-led coalition operates.

"Iran will not have nuclear weapons"

"It is clear that this is an Iranian act. And as for my retaliation, you know my policy. Iran is the biggest enemy of Iran. 'Israel and I am determined to stop him and we will hit him all over the region,' Benjamin Netanyahu said in a radio interview.

"More importantly, Iran will not have nuclear weapons, either in a deal or without a deal. That's what I told my friend, (US President Joe) Biden", added the head of the Israeli government, currently campaigning for the March 23 legislative elections.

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The Prime Minister was speaking after nightly strikes attributed to Israel against pro-Iranian elements in neighboring Syria. On Saturday, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz raised the possibility of an Iran attack on the boat at a time when Tehran is trying, according to the Israeli authorities, to increase the pressure to renegotiate its advantage with Washington the agreement on its nuclear program.

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