An oil tanker linked to Israel was hit by a “shell” off the coast of Oman

It was reported that an oil tanker linked to an Israeli billionaire was hit by a missile in the Arabian Sea near Oman.

The attack took place on the Liberian-flagged Pacific Zircon on Tuesday evening, about 240 kilometers off the coast of Oman.

The vessel is operated by Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping, a company owned by Israeli billionaire Idan Ofer.

Eastern Pacific Shipping said in a statement that Pacific Zircon was carrying gas oil when it was “hit by a projectile”.

We are in contact with the ship and there are no reports of injuries or contamination. The company added that all crew members are safe and being held accountable.

“There is some minor damage to the hull but no spillage of cargo or ingress of water.”

UK Maritime Trade Operations also confirmed that they were aware of the incident. No one immediately claimed responsibility.

The reported strike comes amid heightened tensions between Israel and Iran, just days before the World Cup in Qatar.

In 2021, a suspected Iranian drone strike hits the Israeli oil tanker on Mercer Street off Amman, killing two people on board.

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