April 15, 2021

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Tehran Confirms Explosion on Iranian Trade Vessel, Partial Damage

Tehran confirms that an explosion occurred on an Iranian vessel, Iran’s foreign ministry’s spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said.

“The explosion occurred on Tuesday morning near the Djibouti coast and caused minor damage with no casualties. The vessel was a civilian ship stationed there to secure the region against pirates,” a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

He also said that the explosion occurred approximately at 6 am and that the causes of the blast are under investigation.

Previously on Tuesday, reports emerged saying that an Iranian cargo vessel, the Saviz, had been attacked in the Red Sea by a missile or a mine.

​The New York Times later reported, citing an unnamed American official, that Israel notified the United States that its forces had attacked Saviz.

The source also said that at the moment when the Saviz was hit, the official noted, the Eisenhower was “about 200 miles away”.

Pentagon spokesperson Commander Jessica L. McNulty later confirmed to The Hill that “…no US forces were involved in the incident”. “We have no additional information to provide,” she said.

No official comments from either Tehran or Tel Aviv followed the reports.

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Original News : https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/202104071082560680-tehran-confirms-explosion-on-iranian-trade-vessel-partial-damage/

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