Sun, 19 Sep 2021

JERUSALEM, July 30 (Xinhua) -- The Israeli-owned shipping company Zodiac Maritime announced on Friday that two crew members on board a Japanese ship operated by the company were killed in an incident on Thursday.

A company statement said the dead were a Romanian and British national. According to media reports, the ship was attacked off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea.

The nature of the attack is yet unknown, but initially the company said the incident was "a suspected piracy incident."

"Details of the incident are still being established and an investigation ... is currently underway," read the statement.

The British Marine Trade Operations is investigating the incident.

There was no immediate comment from Israeli officials.

In recent months, several Israeli and Iranian merchant ships have been targeted in international waters. The incidents have been linked to the ongoing tensions between Israel and Iran. Neither side has claimed responsibility for any of the attacks.

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