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Missile damages Israel-owned ship in the Gulf, Israeli media says

Israeli-owned Bahamian-flagged MV Helios Ray cargo ship docked in Dubai's Mina Rashid (Port Rashid) cruise terminal on February 28, 2021 [GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images]
Israeli-owned Bahamian-flagged cargo ship docked in Mina Rashid (Port Rashid) cruise terminal on 28 February 2021 [GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images]

A cargo ship owned by an Israeli company was damaged by an Iranian missile in the Arabian Sea earlier today, Reuters reported Israel's Channel 12 news publishing on its website.

The report said the ship, sailing from Tanzania to India, was able to continue its voyage.

According to the report the ship is owned by XT Management, based in the port city of Haifa.

Reuters could not immediately confirm the incident or reach officials at the company for comment. A spokeswoman at Israel's Foreign Ministry said they were checking the report.

Last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Iran for an explosion aboard an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman.

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The vehicle-carrier MV Helios Ray was hit between the night of 25 February and morning of 26 February by a blast above the water line that a US official said ripped holes in both sides of its hull. An Israeli official said limpet mines were used.

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

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