FCDO is ‘deeply worried’ over the killing of a British national in an oil tanker attack in Oman.
THE ATTACK on an oil ship off the coast of Oman, which resulted in the murder of a British national, has left Boris Johnson’s government “extremely disturbed.”
The tanker, which is handled by Israeli company Zodiac Maritime, was attacked on Thursday, killing two crew members, one of which was a Romanian national. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office issued a statement expressing sympathy to the families of those slain.
“We are gravely disturbed by today’s incident off the coast of Oman,” they wrote.
“Our hearts go out to the families of the British and Romanians slain in the disaster.
“In conformity with international law, vessels must be allowed to navigate freely.”
Following an explosion on board the M/T Mercer Street, a Japanese-owned, Liberian-flagged vessel, both British and Romanian nationals were murdered.
A swarm of attack drones is thought to have carried out the attack on the tanker.
Drones are becoming more common in the region, with an estimated 150 hits reported in the last three years.
The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) of the British navy said an inquiry into the incident is still underway, although Israeli officials have blamed the strikes on Iran.
On Friday night, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid announced he had spoken with his British counterpart, Dominic Raab.
“Iran is not only an Israeli issue; it is an exporter of terrorism, destruction, and instability that threatens us all,” he stated.
“The world must not remain silent in the face of Iranian terrorism, which threatens shipping freedom.”
Iran has yet to respond to the Israeli foreign minister’s accusation.
Following the incident, the Mercer Street was reportedly escorted to the Omani island of Masirah by the US Navy.
The incident comes as talks between Iran and the United States remain stalled.
The United States has expressed its displeasure with the poor pace of negotiations aimed at reactivating Iran’s nuclear pact.