Iranian ‘spy ship’ damaged in ‘attack’ along major Red Sea shipping route – reports

An Iranian ship that Israel and Saudi Arabia have accused of acting as a base for Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps forces has been damaged, reportedly by a mine, in the Red Sea waters between Yemen and Eritrea. State-owned Saudi broadcaster Al-Hadath TV reported the attack on Tuesday, citing an unnamed source calling it a “likely” Israeli operation off the coast of Eritrea. An anonymous US official later told the New York Times that Tel Aviv was behind the attack, and had informed Washington of the op early on Tuesday morning. He said the Israelis dubbed the assault “retaliation for earlier Iranian strikes on Israeli vessels.”The vessel was identified as the Saviz, which Israel and Saudi Arabia have long accused of being a “forward base” for the IRGC in the area.Al Hadath released pictures of the Iranian spyship SAVIZ, which there are reports of it being attacked. SAVIZ was used by #Iran’s IRGC as a spy ship to gather intel on #Saudi, and for the Houthis pic.twitter.com/mnDFeBbGO9— IntelOmarion (@IntelOmarion) April 6, 2021Some Israeli accounts mentioned a “torpedo” that damaged the vessel. The semi-official Iranian news agency Tasnim confirmed that there had been an attack, describing it as “[limpet] mines placed on the hull of the ship.” The Saviz “has been stationed in the Red Sea for the past few years to support Iranian commandos who are sent to escort commercial vessels,” Tasnim reported, noting that official Tehran has not issued a statement yet.#BREAKING: Saviz Commercial Ship which is in use by #IRGC Navy as a forward base in #RedSea was hit by a torpedo. An

Iranian ‘spy ship’ damaged in ‘attack’ along major Red Sea shipping route – reports

An Iranian ship that Israel and Saudi Arabia have accused of acting as a base for Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps forces has been damaged, reportedly by a mine, in the Red Sea waters between Yemen and Eritrea.

State-owned Saudi broadcaster Al-Hadath TV reported the attack on Tuesday, citing an unnamed source calling it a “likely” Israeli operation off the coast of Eritrea. An anonymous US official later told the New York Times that Tel Aviv was behind the attack, and had informed Washington of the op early on Tuesday morning. He said the Israelis dubbed the assault “retaliation for earlier Iranian strikes on Israeli vessels.”

The vessel was identified as the Saviz, which Israel and Saudi Arabia have long accused of being a “forward base” for the IRGC in the area.

Some Israeli accounts mentioned a “torpedo” that damaged the vessel. The semi-official Iranian news agency Tasnim confirmed that there had been an attack, describing it as “[limpet] mines placed on the hull of the ship.” 

The Saviz “has been stationed in the Red Sea for the past few years to support Iranian commandos who are sent to escort commercial vessels,” Tasnim reported, noting that official Tehran has not issued a statement yet.