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A spy ship linked to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) suffered an explosion in the Red Sea, the Iranian state media confirmed on Wednesday. The vessel, which was acting as a base for the IRGC, went up in flames as explosive mines hit its hull, the Iranian state-run TV reported.
The ship “most likely functions as an offshore surveillance base, using the vessel’s radar and other systems to monitor traffic and provide intelligence for possible attacks in the important waterway,” British newspaper The Guardian disclosed.
Despite Iran’s ongoing proxy war with Saudi Arabia on Yemeni soil, the IRGC operatives tried to blame Israel for the blast. Several “social media channels operated by members of the Revolutionary Guards blamed Israel for the explosion,” the New York Times noted on Wednesday.
An Iranian ship believed to be a base for the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard and anchored for years in the Red Sea off Yemen has been attacked, Tehran acknowledged Wednesday.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry confirmed the attack on the MV Saviz, suspected to have been carried out by Israel — though Tehran did not immediately blamed its regional archenemy. The assault came as Iran and world powers sat down in Vienna for the first talks about the U.S. potentially rejoining the tattered deal aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program, showing events outside the negotiations could derail those efforts.
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