WASHINGTON: The United States will help investigate a deadly attack on an oil tanker managed by a prominent Israeli billionaire, the State Department said on Saturday, reports AFP.
The MT Mercer Street was struck Thursday off the coast of Oman in an incident Israel has blamed on arch-foe Iran.
Vessel operator Zodiac Maritime, owned by Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer, said a British security guard and a Romanian crew member were killed in the attack.
On Friday, Lapid said he had ordered the nation’s diplomats to push for UN action against “Iranian terrorism”.
“I’ve instructed the embassies in Washington, London and the UN to work with their interlocutors in government and the relevant delegations in the UN headquarters in New York,” Lapid said on Twitter.
Analysts said the attack bore all the hallmarks of tit-for-tat exchanges in the “shadow war” between the two Middle Eastern powerhouses, in which vessels linked to each nation have been targeted in waters around the Gulf.