Understanding the increase in attacks on ships in the Middle East

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Recent tensions at sea include allegations by Iran that Israel has carried out an attack on one of its cargo ships in the Mediterranean. Israel had accused Iran of attacking an Israel-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman in February. This builds on two years of attacks on ships and the seizing of ships by Iran and other countries. The recent reports at The Wall Street Journal alleging Israel has carried out “at least” a dozen attacks on Iranian ships heading to Syria change the broader context of naval tensions in the region. This is because the report alleges the attacks began in late 2019. There were three attacks in 2019 and six in 2020, the report claims.

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