Iranian Special Forces Seize Israeli-billionaire-owned Container ship near Strait of Hormuz

The ship's seizure is said to be in response to Israeli bombing of the Iranian embassy in Syria
  • Defensemirror.com Bureau
  • 11:38 AM, April 13, 2024
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Iranian Special Forces Seize Israeli-billionaire-owned Container ship near Strait of Hormuz
Iranian commando on the deck of the seized container ship @Twitter

The special naval forces of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) have seized Israel-linked MCS Aries container ship near the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, Iran’s official news agency IRNA reports.

The ship’s seizure comes at a time when the the U.S. and Israel are making plans for an “imminent” Israeli attack in response to Israel’s bombing of the Iranian Embassy in Damascus that killed two Iranian generals besides 5 other military advisors.

The ship was seized by the Sepah Navy Special Force (SNSF) in a heliborne operation and rappelling of forces on the ship's deck, the agency said Saturday. "The ship has now been directed towards the territorial waters of our country," IRNA said.

The Portuguese-flagged ship, operated by the Zodiac Maritime, is owned by Israeli real estate, energy, technology and shipping magnate Eyal Ofer, it added. Zodiac Maritime is part of the Israeli billionaire's Zodiac Group.

A video released by IRGC shows SNSF commandos rappelling down onto a stack of containers sitting on the deck of the vessel.

Iranian Special Forces Seize Israeli-billionaire-owned Container ship near Strait of Hormuz
MCS Aries container ship @Twitter

A crew member on the ship could be heard saying: “Don't come out." He then tells his colleagues to go to the ship's bridge as more commandos come down on the deck.

Reports said the MSC Aries had been last located off Dubai heading toward the Strait of Hormuz on Friday. The ship had reportedly turned off its tracking data, which has been common for Israeli-affiliated ships moving through the region.

The ship was sailing from the UAE to India when it was hijacked near the Strait of Hormuz. The container ship was manned by a crew of 220 Filipino sailors, reports said 

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