Fujairah (United Arab Emirates) (AFP)
An oil tanker run by a company owned by an Israeli billionaire dropped anchor off Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, five days after being the target of a deadly attack in which Iran was singled out.
According to the specialized site MarineTraffic, Mercer Street arrived at 02:47 local time (Monday at 22:47 GMT) in the offshore anchorage area of Fujairah, one of the seven emirates of the federation of the Emirates, a country in the neighboring Gulf of Oman.
An AFP journalist at the port was able to see the ship from a distance, despite the fog due to a very high level of humidity in the region which is experiencing extreme heat.
The Iranian authorities have denied any link with the attack which targeted Thursday this oil tanker managed by the company of the Israeli Eyal Ofer and target according to the United States of "explosive drones".
The UAE government has not officially reacted and the port authorities have declined to provide information on the subject.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett returned to the charge on Tuesday, accusing Iran of the attack and of seeking to "stir up the whole Middle East".
"We are trying to mobilize the world, but at the same time, we also know how to act alone," he warned during a tour of the northern border of Israel, according to his office.
The attack, which has not been claimed, claimed the lives of a Briton employed by the security company Ambrey, and a Romanian crew member, according to the shipowner Zodiac Maritime.
Washington, London and Bucharest have also blamed Iran.
On Monday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken promised a "collective response" against Iran, accused of "continuing to act in a terribly irresponsible manner".
Iran warned him on Monday that it would retaliate against any "adventurism" after threats of retaliation from Israel and the United States.
The Gulf has seen in recent years several attacks on ships attributed to the Islamic Republic of Iran, regularly accused of threatening the freedom of navigation.
Countries bordering the Gulf, the Emirates and Iran maintain diplomatic relations but traditionally find themselves on opposing sides regarding regional issues, notably relations with Israel, with which the Emirates have normalized ties in 2020.
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