CNN Exclusive: Images show the aftermath of the attack on the oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman

CNN Exclusive: Images show the aftermath of the attack on the oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman
CNN Exclusive: Images show the aftermath of the attack on the oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman

CNN Exclusive: Images show the aftermath of the attack on the oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman

(CNN) — CNN has obtained exclusive images showing the damage caused by Tuesday night’s drone strike on the Pacific Zircon oil tanker off the coast of Oman.

The two photos, provided by a Western defense official, show a hole in the hull of the Liberian-flagged tanker, owned by Singapore and linked to Israel, and the wreckage of a drone.

CNN cannot independently verify the authenticity of the images.

On Wednesday, US and Israeli officials pointed the finger at Iran and said the attack was carried out by a Shahed 136 drone, similar to the Iranian-made suicide planes Russia is using in Ukraine.

And the US Central Command said Wednesday that an Iranian-made “Shahid” drone launched an attack on an oil tanker off the coast of Oman earlier in the day.

And US Central Command added in a statement that the ship was damaged but not injured in the attack, going on to say analysis of the debris from the march showed it to be a “witness” model acted .

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said earlier Wednesday that Iran was “most likely” behind the attack, adding that the United States condemned the attack “in the strongest possible terms.”

Sullivan said in a statement that the ship was sailing in international waters off the coast of Oman and “after reviewing the available information, we are confident that Iran likely carried out this attack with a drone, a deadly tool it is using.” increasingly unmanned.” Directly and through its agents throughout the Middle East and Russia, it uses it in Ukraine.”

This comes after the Eastern Pacific Shipping Company said in a statement that one of its gasoil merchant ships named Pacific Zircon was hit by a missile Tuesday 150 miles (about 240 kilometers) off the coast of Oman.


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