U.S. Navy assisting Israeli oil tanker attacked off coast of Oman

This picture taken on June 15, 2019 shows tanker ships in the waters of the Gulf of Oman off the coast of the eastern UAE emirate of Fujairah. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP) (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images)

This picture shows tanker ships in the waters of the Gulf of Oman off the coast of the eastern UAE emirate of Fujairah. (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images)

This picture shows tanker ships in the waters of the Gulf of Oman off the coast of the eastern UAE emirate of Fujairah. (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images)

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 3:53 PM PT – Saturday, July 31, 2021

U.S. Naval explosive experts have been onboard an Israeli managed oil tanker after an attack on the ship killed two people. According to the Navy on Saturday, the ship named Mercer Street was being guided by a Navy aircraft carrier and guided missile destroyer to a safe port.

The tanker was targeted late on Thursday off the coast of Oman. Experts said initial indications pointed to a drone-style attack.

On Friday, Israel’s foreign minister blamed Iran for the attack. Iranian state television cited unnamed sources, who claimed the attack came in response to an Israeli attack in Syria earlier this month.

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