The UN called for “maximum restraint” in the Middle East today, Wednesday (7/4) after an explosion on an Iranian ship in the Red Sea on Tuesday, which could have been committed by Israel.
“We are very concerned” and “although the circumstances (of this incident) remain unclear, we want to emphasize the importance for the parties involved, including the countries in the region, to show maximum restraint,” Stefan Duzaric was quoted as saying by APE. – EIA, while expressing disapproval of the “fourth incident of its kind in the area in just over a month”.
The UN urges the same countries “to refrain from taking measures that could lead to escalation and, above all, to respect their commitments under international law,” he added.
Tehran announced today that “an (Iranian) merchant ship”, the Saviz, in the Red Sea was damaged the previous day by an explosion of unknown origin, while reports speak of an Israeli “retaliatory” attack.
The Iranian news agency Tasnim described Saviz as a warship used by the country’s armed forces and clarified that he was damaged by “the explosion of magnetic mines in his hull”.
Citing an official US source, the New York Times wrote that “the Israelis warned the US that their forces hit (Saviz on Tuesday) around 7.30 local time”.
There was no immediate reaction from the Israeli authorities to the newspaper.