Thu. Nov 24th, 2022

An oil tanker linked to an Israeli billionaire has reportedly been hit by a missile in the Arabian Sea near Oman.

The attack on the Liberian-flagged ship Pacific Zircon took place on Tuesday evening, about 240 kilometers off the coast of Oman.

The ship is managed by the Singapore company Eastern Pacific Shipping, owned by Israeli billionaire Idan Ofer.

East Pacific Navigation states ua statement that the Pacific Zircon was carrying gas oil when it was “hit by a missile”.

“We are in communication with the ship and there are no reports of injuries or pollution. All crew are safe and accounted for,” the company added.

“There is minor damage to the vessel’s hull, but no cargo spillage or water ingress.”

UK Merchant Marine Operations also confirmed they are aware of the incident. No one immediately claimed responsibility.

The reported strike comes amid heightened tensions between Israel and Iran, just days ahead of the World Cup in Qatar.

In 2021, an Iranian drone is suspected of hitting the Israeli-linked Mercer Street oil tanker near Oman, killing two people on board.