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An Israeli Navy vessel patrols along the shores of the city of Ashkelon in the Mediterranean Sea, southern Israel.

Iranian forces fired a missile at an Israeli-owned cargo ship Thursday as it traveled in the Arabian Sea, according to a report by Israel’s Channel 12 News.

The ship was sailing between India and Oman when it was hit and damaged by the missile.

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The vessel had set out from Tanzania en route to India. The attack did not succeed in preventing ship from reaching its destination port.

The ship is owned by the Israeli XT Management company, based in Haifa.

Israel’s defense establishment is assessing the significance of the incident to determine how to respond to this latest provocation, and whether the Iranians are opening a naval front against the Jewish State.

An Israeli-owned ship was hit by an Iranian commando operation about a month ago in the Gulf of Oman. Evidence and findings gathered in Israel indicated that an explosive device was attached to the side of the Israeli vessel by an Iranian fast boat.

The Wall Street Journal reported about two weeks ago that Israel has attacked more than 12 Iranian oil tankers destined for Syria over the past year due to fears that the economic profit gained through the sale of the oil will reach the hands of Tehran-backed terrorist groups in the region.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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