Israeli-Owned Cargo Ship Attacked by Iranian Drone, Pentagon Says
Summary from the AllSides News Team
A ship owned by an Israeli billionaire was attacked by a suspected Iranian drone in the Indian Ocean, per an unnamed Pentagon official.
The Details: The Malta-flagged, CMA CGM Symi cargo ship was reportedly hit by a Shahed-136 kamikaze drone overnight Friday, but no crew were injured. The ship’s Automatic Identification System (AIS) had been turned off since it left Dubai Tuesday, signaling heightened security concerns from its crew.
For Context: Last weekend, the Iranian-backed Yemeni Houthis, who have declared war on Israel, hijacked an Israel-linked ship in the Red Sea. The Symi had previously turned off its AIS when traveling through the Red Sea. The Shahed-136 is an Iranian-made drone that Russia has also been using in Ukraine. Neither Israel nor Iran has commented on the incident.
How The Media Covered It: Most coverage was derivative of Associated Press’ (Lean Left bias) original report. Associated Press said Israel and Iran have been engaged in a “yearlong shadow war” and included that a Liberian-flagged oil tanker was damaged in a suspected Iranian attack in 2022. Reuters (Center bias) included that the Symi recently changed its name to the Mayet. The Telegraph (Lean Right bias) noted the attack took place hours before the Israel-Hamas limited ceasefire, which it said “Iran’s proxies were mostly expected to abide by.”
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From the LeftAn Israeli-owned ship was targeted in suspected Iranian attack in Indian Ocean, US official tells AP
A container ship owned by an Israeli billionaire came under attack by a suspected Iranian drone in the Indian Ocean as Israel wages war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip, an American defense official said Saturday.
The attack Friday on the CMA CGM Symi comes as global shipping increasingly finds itself targeted in the weekslong war that threatens to become a wider regional conflict — even as a truce has halted fighting and Hamas exchanges hostages for Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.
The defense official, who spoke to The Associated Press...
From the CenterIsraeli-managed vessel hit by suspected Iranian drone, US official says
A container ship managed by an Israeli-controlled company was hit by a suspected Iranian drone in the Indian Ocean, causing minor damage to the vessel but no injuries, a U.S. defence official said on Saturday.
The Malta-flagged CMA CGM SYMI, recently renamed Mayet, was struck on Friday by an unmanned aerial vehicle, which appeared to be an Iranian Shahed-136 drone, in the northeast portion of the Indian Ocean, the official said, asking not to be named.
From the RightIsraeli cargo ship hit in attack by Iranian kamikaze drone
A container ship owned by an Israeli billionaire has reportedly been damaged in an attack in the Indian Ocean by a drone that the US suspects to be Iranian.
An unnamed American defence official was quoted by the Associated Press as saying that the Malta-flagged CMA CGM Symi was believed to have been targeted by a Shahed-136 drone while sailing in international waters.
The drone exploded, causing damage to the ship but not injuring any of its crew.
The apparent attack comes as global shipping routes have emerged as targets...