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The Israeli-owned MV Helios Ray has begun repairs in the port of Dubai after being hit by explosions while sailing in the Gulf of Oman last Thursday.

Israeli defense officials were quoted by Israel’s Channel 13 as saying they believe Iranian IRGC Naval forces fired two missiles at Helios Ray, targeting a part of the ship that would not sink the vessel when damaged.

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Emirati and Israeli security officials are making sure the vessel is protected from spying eyes.

Damage to the vessel is not easily visible from the shore, according to a report published by The National, a UAE news outlet.

An Emirati coast guard vessel was seen by reporters sailing behind the ship; Dubai police and Emirati armed forces vehicles were parked nearby as well.

The dock blocks the view of the ship’s starboard side down to the waterline and the port side can only be seen from a distance, according to the report.

The ship has been anchored in dry dock near Dubai’s famous floating hotel, the Queen Elizabeth 2, The National reported.

The crew of 28 was not harmed in the attack, American defense officials said; nor was the engine room. But the vessel was hit at least twice and ended with two gaping holes on each side just above the waterline.

Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Iran was a likely suspect.

“We will need to keep investigating but we can say for sure that Iran is attempting to damage Israeli infrastructure and to hurt Israeli citizens,” Gantz said.

Israel Vows ‘Appropriate Response’ After Iran Releases Proof of Missile Damage to MV Helios Ray

Israeli defense and security officials say the damage to the MV Helios Ray is a red line that Tehran will have truly crossed.

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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.