The US Department of Defense (Pentagon) blamed Iran for the attack on the transport ship belonging to the Israeli company, in which 2 people, a British citizen and a Romanian citizen, lost their lives in the ‘Indian Ocean.
In the statement made by the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), it was stated that during the investigation by the team of experts after the attack on July 29, after reviewing the evidence and speaking to crew on board, it was determined that the Mercer Street ship was attacked with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) loaded with explosives.
In the statement, it was stated that there had been two unsuccessful attacks on the transport vessel with drones, and in the third attack, 2 crew members lost their lives.
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In the statement, it was stated that the parts of the UAV that the crew lifted out of the water and examined by the explosives experts were almost similar to samples previously taken from the one-way attack UAVs in the area. Iran, and it was noted that the distance from the Iranian coast to where the attack took place is within range of that country’s one-way attack drones.
“Explosives specialists managed to recover several parts of this third drone, including a vertical stabilizer (part of the wing) and internal components that are almost identical to samples previously collected from Iranian one-way attack drones. “said the press release from the US Central Command. . The distance from the Iranian coast to the scene of the attacks was within the range of documented Iranian one-way attack drones. “After an on-site analysis, some of the material was transferred to the headquarters of the US Fifth Fleet in Manama, Bahrain, and then to a US national laboratory for further testing and verification.”
According to the statement, US experts concluded that these drones were produced in Iran according to the evidence.
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Israeli tanker Mercer Street was attacked by drones off the coast of Oman on July 29 and 30, resulting in the deaths of two people, one of the British security guards and the other the Romanian captain of the ship. The first two drone attacks on the night of July 29 failed and on July 30 the third drone, loaded with explosives, hit the ship.