Earlier this month, an Iranian and an Israeli tweet caused a storm in the already turbulent waters of the Mediterranean.
Wrote on June 26th die Iranian embassy in Lebanon issued a vaguely worded tweet with a picture of an Iranian ship, saying that Iran doesn’t need American approval to get fuel in to send to Lebanon. The tweet implied that the ship was carrying fuel and in drove to Lebanon. Fearing US sanctions, the Lebanese Department of Energy quickly rejected its application to import Iranian fuel. Before that, however, there was speculation that an Iranian oil tanker was on its way to the port of Beirut.
From Baniyas. returning Iranian crude oil tankers SAM 121 (top) and ARMAN 114 (bottom) with an escort (?), caught on Sentinel-2 satellite image today ~ 70km off die coast of Lebanon https://t.co/cd2zKcI7gd https://t.co/muXw7Q8aZE #OOTT Picture.twitter.com / uMfoMNhZZk
– Samir (@obretix) April 30, 2021
Then IntelliNews, a blog about Israeli defense and intelligence affairs, tweeted on July 6 that Iran die Arman 114 sailing under the Iranian flag with Iranian crude oil in sent Lebanon. The tweet read: “Hezbollah is conducting a logistical operation to get Iranian fuel in smuggling Lebanon. “A few days ago, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah promised to import fuel from his supporter Iran to act as a savior for a country suffering from a devastating scarcity of raw materials.
The tweets appear together die To point out the expansion of the war between Israel and Iran, which so far has mostly raged in the shadows. For years, Iran and Israel have been perpetrating ti-forAct attacks on die Each other’s ships.
The conflict mainly focused on Iranian tankers, die Were traveling for the oil-starved Syria, and now seem to be die Expand struggles to Lebanon, which is increasingly on the verge of economic collapse.
#Exclusive : The “INTELLI TIMES” blog found that Hezbollah is or is smuggling Iranian fuel for logistical operations in the Lebanon ship2ship (Syria port). 3 Iranian tankers are currently passing through the Suez Canal. #Lebanon Picture.twitter.com / RN5oBU2V97
– טיימס – Intelli Times (@IntelliTimes) July 6, 2021
Baniyas, not Beirut
After a short time, the Iranian tanker 114 docked in the port of Banias on June 13th in Syria. TankerTrackers, an online service that tracks and reports crude oil shipments, said it was tracking Arman 114 with two other ships carrying Iranian crude oil and confirmed that its destination was Banias, not Beirut, but the Iranian embassy tweet appeared to be just a record of being a situation.
The report adds: Immediate fears of an escalation between Israel and Iran have been averted, but Israel’s strategy of targeting Iranian oil tankers remains very active. Also die Iran’s determination to respond in kind and Israeli merchant ships or die attacking the American allies in the Gulf has not weakened.
Flight Arman 114 also demonstrated the ease with which Iran defies US sanctions.
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Experts say that while US sanctions have succeeded in blocking money flow through banking channels, they have had little success in preventing Iran from selling crude oil for cash at discounted prices. Energy analysts have observed a steady increase in Iranian oil exports since the end of last year.
And under former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel was recently accused of attacking dozens of Iranian ships, one of which die shipped most of the fuel to Syria and delivered some weapons to Iranian proxies, but none of them went to China.
New Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett had more aggressive views than his predecessor, and it is said that Israel should attack Iran if its proxies – Hezbollah or Hamas – bomb everything inside Israel. Less than a month after taking power, Iran accused Israel of having a nuclear facility in Targeting Karaj die To manufacture centrifuges to replace those die in previous covert attacks by Israel die Iranian nuclear facility at Natanz were damaged.
Many Israeli analysts also believe that Israeli covert attacks in Iran and open air strikes in Syria on Iranian weapons caches serve the strategic interests of Israel better than attacks at sea.
Meanwhile, suffers die Lebanon’s population remains under fuel shortages, and if the sea war between Israel and Iran grows, the conflict will last much longer.
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