Explosion reported in Syrian port of Latakia on vessel believed to be Iranian – .

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Explosion reported in Syrian port of Latakia on vessel believed to be Iranian – .


A major explosion occurred Tuesday afternoon on a commercial vessel docked at the Syrian port of Latakia, according to Arabic-language media and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

According to SOHR – a pro-Syrian opposition organization with uncertain funding based in the United Kingdom – the explosion “claimed victims and caused considerable material damage”. Some reports indicated that the targeted vessel was Iranian.

Syrian state media reported that a fire broke out on the ship which has since been brought under control and two people were injured.

The cause of the explosion was not immediately known.

The incident came amid mounting tensions in the region. On July 29, armed drones in the Gulf of Oman struck Mercer Street, a ship operated by an Israeli company in the UK. Two sailors -om Britain and Romania – died in the attack.

Analysts have described the operation as part of a shadow war between Iran and Israel, which includes strikes on Tehran-linked sites in Syria.

On August 3, the Asphalt Princess was arrested and boarded in the Gulf of Oman.

Iran is believed to be behind the two incidents, but denies any responsibility.

On Friday, G7 countries blamed Tehran for the Mercer Street attack, saying “Iran’s behavior, alongside its support for proxy forces and armed non-state actors, threatens international peace and security.” .

“We call on Iran to cease all activities incompatible with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, and call on all parties to play a constructive role in promoting regional stability and peace,” said they stated.

Also on Friday, the U.S. Central Command said the remains of one of three drones loaded with explosives that targeted MT Mercer Street indicated that it had been produced in Iran.

Agencies contributed to this report.

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