Jerusalem - Israeli defence officials were checking whether Iranian forces were behind apossible attack on a cargo ship under partial Israeli ownershipon Saturday on its way from Jeddah to the United Arab Emirates, Israel's N12 Television News reported. The crew were not hurt and the ship, possibly hit by amissile, was not badly damaged and continued on its journeyafter the incident, N12 said, citing unnamed sources within Israel's defence establishment. Lebanese pro-Iranian TV channel Al Mayadeen had reported the incident earlier. N12 said the vessel, the Tyndall, was owned by Zodiac Maritime Ltd, which is a London-headquartered international shipmanagement company.
A source familiar with Zodiac Maritime's fleet said the company had sold a vessel called the CSAV Tyndall several monthsago. Ship-tracking data from Refinitiv Eikon showed the CSAVTyndall container ship, which sails under a Liberian flag, waslast docked in Jeddah and was now off the coast of Dubai. A UAE government spokesperson did not respond to a requestfor comment. Israeli officials had no immediate comment. Iranian media widely reported the attack, citing Al Mayadeen, which was among the first news outlets to report an attack on a commercial vessel owned by an Israeli company in April. Iran's largest navy ship sank in early June after catching fire in the Gulf of Oman, in what appeared to be the latest incident in a region of sensitive waterways, where arch-enemies Iran and Israel have traded accusations of attacks on each other's vessels.