Mystery explosion rips through Israeli ship in Gulf of Oman –hours after US attack on Iran

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The Helios Bay was hit as it passed through the Gulf of Oman early on Friday.

No casualties have been reported and no nation or group has claimed responsibility.

The US accused Iran of responsibility after expositions hit a number of ships in the Gulf of Oman during 2019.

Satellite generated tracking data from MarineTraffic.com showed the Helios Ray enter the Arabian Sea at 06:00 GMT on Friday morning.

The vessel then made a sharp about turn and headed to the nearest port.

According to its tracker Helios Ray had been heading towards Singapore before the explosion.

Dryad Global, a firm specialising in maritime intelligence, said the explosion may have resulted from “asymmetric activity by [the] Iranian military”.

Commander Rebecca Rebarich from the American 5th fleet said the US is “aware and monitoring” the unfolding events.

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