'Iranian missile hits Israeli-owned cargo ship' in Arabian Sea

'Iranian missile hits Israeli-owned cargo ship' in Arabian Sea
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The ship, owned by XT Management and based in the port city of Haifa, was able to continue its voyage.
A ship sails in the Arabian Sea [Getty-file photo]

An Israeli-owned cargo ship was hit by an Iranian missile in the Arabian Sea on Thursday, according to a media report, with Tehran swiftly denying the alleged attack.

The ship, owned by XT Management and based in the port city of Haifa, was able to continue its voyage from Tanzania to India, Israel's Channel 12 news reported.

According to the news outlet, Israeli security officials are examining the possible implications of the alleged incident and whether it points to an escalation in attacks on Israeli shipping.


Israel's foreign ministry has not confirmed the account but The Jerusalem Post said that the incident was reported to security officials from the country.

Last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Iran for an explosion aboard an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman. The vehicle-carrier MV Helios Ray was hit by a blast that ripped holes in both sides of its hull.

Iran denied involvement at the time. "We strongly reject this accusation," said Saeed Khatibzadeh, spokesman for the foreign ministry in Tehran.

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