Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh has said that Iran has the right to respond to last week’s attack on one of its cargo ships and pointed at Israel as the offender.
“That Israel regime finds its survival in war, crisis, and chaos. Iran would consider all options when it finds out who has been involved in this operation and will resort to them to protect its legitimate rights,” Khatibzadeh said, as quoted by the Tasnim news agency.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Israel has targeted since 2019 at least a dozen cargo heading for Syria, most of them loaded with Iranian oil.
The report says that the attacks were carried out due to Israel’s concerns that petroleum profits are funding Middle East extremism. Some of the strikes were reportedly targeting Iranian efforts to move other cargo around the region, including weapons, according to unnamed US officials cited in the report.
Iran has had its fair share of targeting Israeli vessels.
On March 3, an Israeli-owned ship, the MV Helios Ray, suffered an explosion believed to be carried out by Iran while en route to Singapore through the Gulf of Oman. Israel also held Iran accountable for deliberately carrying out environmental terrorism after a massive oil spill in February, believed to be from the Emerald; a Libyan-owned ship said to be transporting oil from Iran to Syria. Iran faces harsh international sanctions for continuing its oil trade with Syria.