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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Alleged IRGC Spy Vessel Damaged by Limpet Mine in the Red Sea

An explosion was reported on the MV Saviz an Iranian cargo ship in the Red Sea off the Yemeni coast which was caused by a limpet mine.

The state-controlled Tasnim news agency said that the Saviz explosion was caused by a mine that was attached to it.

“The explosion occurred on Tuesday morning near the Djibouti coast and caused minor damage with no casualties. The vessel was a civilian ship stationed there to secure the region against pirates,” said Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh.

Khatibzadeh claimed that the ship was only partially damaged and that no one was injured.

The Saviz has been spotted in the seas around Yemen since 2016 which fueled speculations that it is being used as a base for the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) to support Houthi rebels.

Iran however defended that the ship was used to  “support Iranian commandos sent on commercial vessel [anti-piracy] escort missions.”

IRGC-linked social-media accounts blamed Israel for the attack but Tel-Aviv has remained silent regarding the incident. 

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