The attack was the Liberian-flagged tanker MT Mercer Street, owned by the Zodiac Maritime company, owned by the Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer.
Israeli media, referring to unnamed Israeli and American officials, report that the ship was attacked by a “kamikaze” drone, according to the first information, the Romanian captain of the ship and a British guard were killed in the explosion. At the same time, a senior Israeli source directly blamed Iran for the attack.
If this information is correct, then this is an escalation of the ongoing sabotage war between Israel and Iran, since before that the parties managed to avoid casualties during sabotage at sea.
According to Iranian news outlet al-Alam, the attack was in response to an alleged Israeli airstrike which targeted the Dabaa military airport in the Homs governorate of northwestern Syria.