Israel Warns Iran Of ‘Consequences’ After Ship Seizure In Strait Of Hormuz

Iran state media has acknowledged paramilitary Revolutionary Guard commandos seized a cargo ship near the Strait of Hormuz.

Raid on ship near Strait of Hormuz | Photo: AP

A video seen by The Associated Press shows commandos raiding a ship near the Strait of Hormuz by helicopter Saturday, an attack a Mideast defence official attributed to Iran amid wider tensions between Tehran and the West. The video showed the attack earlier reported by the British military's United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations. It had offered no details about the boarding in the Gulf of Oman off the Emirati port city of Fujairah.

Iran state media has acknowledged paramilitary Revolutionary Guard commandos seized a cargo ship near the Strait of Hormuz. Meanwhile, Israel has warned Iran of "consequences" after the move.

The defence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters, shared the video with the AP.

Though the AP could not immediately verify it, it corresponded to known details of the boarding and the helicopter involved appeared to be one used by Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, which has carried out other ship raids in the past.

The incident comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and the West, particularly after a suspected Israeli strike on the Iranian Consulate in Syria.

Iran did not immediately acknowledge seizing any vessel, nor was there any report carried by state media about the incident. However, Iran since 2019 has engaged in a series of ship seizures and had attacks on vessels attributed to it amid ongoing tensions with the West over its rapidly advancing nuclear program.

The Gulf of Oman is near the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf through which a fifth of all oil passes. Fujairah, on the United Arab Emirates' eastern coast, is a main port in the region for ships to take on new oil cargo, pick up supplies or trade out crew.

Since 2019, the waters off Fujairah have seen a series of explosions and hijackings. The US Navy blamed Iran for limpet mine attacks on vessels that damaged tankers.

Israel warns of consequences:

Israel's army has said Iran will suffer the "consequences" of escalating the conflict in the region, after the later announced it had seized the ship, AFP reported

"Iran will bear the consequences for choosing to escalate the situation any further," military spokesman Daniel Hagari was quoted as saying.