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Iranian navy seizes container ship reportedly linked to Israel, state media report

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy has seized a container ship in a helicopter operation near the Strait of Hormuz, state news agency IRNA reported on Saturday.

IRNA reported that the IRGC seized the Portuguese-flagged MSC Aries, which is now being “directed back to Iranian territorial waters.”

According to IRNA, the vessel is managed by the Zodiac Maritime, a company linked to Israeli businessman Eyal Ofer.

CNN has reached out to Zodiac Maritime and Eyal Ofer for comment.

United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) earlier reported on a seizure near the Strait of Hormuz, an important route for global shipping, saying “regional authorities” were responsible. UKMTO did not provide further details about the boarding.

The region is on high alert after Iran vowed retaliation for a suspected Israeli strike on its consulate in the Syrian capital Damascus. The Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen have also been targeting shipping in the Red Sea area.

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