At sea, there’s a shadow war! Increased attacks between Israel and Iran could lead to a full-fledged war.
The “shadow war” between Israel and Iran has intensified this year, raising fears that it will lead to an open battle at some point in the future.
In the “hidden war,” drones and mines have assaulted at least 20 ships transporting civilians in the last six months. The Israeli-Iranian conflict has not yet been officially declared.
However, according to The Telegraph’s investigation, attacks have escalated dramatically since the beginning of 2021.
According to the Telegraph, Iranian ships were assaulted at least six times in 2020.
Last Friday, a British veteran of the armed forces was killed in a kamikaze drone hit.
The event claimed the lives of Adrian Underwood, a British father, and the unknown Romanian skipper of the tanker Mercer Street.
The bombing was in “retaliation for last week’s Israeli attack on the Al-Dabaa Military Airport in the al-Qusair district of Homs,” according to Al Alam TV, the Iranian government’s television network.
Tensions between Israel and Iran have heightened since Israel accused the crude oil tanker Emerald of dumping oil on 100 miles of Israeli beaches.
In June, Iran’s largest navy ship caught fire after a mysterious explosion in the “engine room.”
The ship finally sank, and Hossein Dalirain, a Tehran-based defense specialist, said of the incident, “speculations concerning strikes on the ship are not genuine.”
The rivalry has also been met with cyber attacks. In May 2020, Iran’s Shahid Rajaee port was hacked, causing shipping lines to be disrupted.
Furthermore, Iran’s Natanz nuclear complex suffered a power outage in April, which was purportedly caused by a deliberate explosion.
“This is a crime against humanity, and carrying out such measures is in accordance with the character of the Zionist regime,” said Saeed Khatibzadeh, a spokesman for the Iranian foreign ministry.
Israeli and Iranian officials have failed to acknowledge the shadow war.
During the 1950s, when Iran’s final monarch, Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, was in power, Israel and Iran were allies; but, after the Iranian Revolution in 1979, the relationship deteriorated.