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Israeli radio also reported that well-informed sources said the Saudi military was likely to have been the blast in response to a military strike by the Iranian regime on the Aramco oilfield in the northeast of the country. According to unnamed sources, a missile attack on an Iranian tanker some 60 kilometers from the port of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia is a warning to the Iranian regime that its aggression against Saudi Arabia will remain unanswered. Sources at the Israeli radio station told Israeli radio that the missile attack was actually the start of a war between Saudi Arabia and the Islamic State of Iran and could lead to further incidents.
TEHRAN – National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) has dismissed media reports that an Iranian oil tanker navigating in the Red Sea was hit by missiles fired from Saudi Arabia, IRNA reported. On Friday morning, two missiles were fired at the tanker, identified as the Sabiti, 60 missiles from the Saudi port city of Jeddah. The NITC said in a statement the hull of the ship sustained two separate explosions. It said the blasts - one at 5:00 a.m. local time (02:00 GMT) and the other at 5:20 a.m. (02:20 GMT) - were "probably caused by missile strikes". "All the ship's crew are safe and the ship is stable too," said the NITC, adding those on board were trying to repair the damage. It added, "There is no fire aboard the ship and the ship is completely stable". "Experts believe it was a terrorist attack," ISNA reported.