Middle East Crisis: Container Ship Hijacked Near Strait Of Hormuz Amid Soaring Iran Tensions

ER Editor: This is absolutely proof of nothing, but Ezra Cohen, a Trump ally, posted this about the Iranian hijacking of the ship managed by a company ‘controlled’ by Israeli billionaire, Eyal Ofer, on his Telegram channel for April 14, 2024. This is the classic shot being circulated, but he offers us an extra tidbit without proof —

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Also yesterday, drones were being sent from Iran to Israel —

The scandal about this on Twitter is that the King of Jordan helped Israel by intercepting these drones. Reaction —

France also helped Israel out —

And Yemen allegedly helped Iran —

Scott Ritter reports that Nevatim Air Base in Israel was also hit by those drones —

US reaction with Kim Dotcom’s question —

And journalist Neil Clark —

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A reminder, as Kim Dotcom and Neil Clark mentioned above, that Israel had allegedly flattened the Iranian consulate in Damascus killing senior military officers at the beginning of this month —

Israeli airstrike ‘flattens’ Iranian consulate in Damascus

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Middle East Crisis: Container Ship Hijacked Near Strait Of Hormuz Amid Soaring Iran Tensions

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While Israel on Friday braced for cruise missile and suicide drone attacks, there are new reports on Saturday morning that Iranian commandos hijacked an Israeli-affiliated container ship heading towards the Strait of Hormuz.

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AP News says the British military’s United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations initially reported the hijacking of Portuguese-flagged MSC Aries, a container ship linked to London-based Zodiac Maritime. Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer controls the international ship management company that owns and charters large vessels.

Video of the boarding has been circulating X for the past hour. However, “AP could not immediately verify the video, it corresponded to known details of the boarding, and the helicopter involved appeared to be one used by Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, which has carried out other ship raids in the past,” the media outlet said.

According to Bloomberg data, MSC Aries was leaving a port from Dubai on Thursday and heading towards the Strait of Hormuz. The vessel’s last known position was recorded around 12:56 local time on Friday off Dubai’s coast. AP noted that the ship’s transponder had been switched off.

X user Megatron called the ship’s seizure by Iran a “big game changer”:

This once again is confirming that the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Qatar are helping Israel bypass the Houthi blockade by land route from the UAE port.

Iran is now cutting that route as well. 

If Hezbollah cut the Mediterranean route with its drones, Israel could fall into a complete trade blockade.

The incident in the Strait of Hormuz is very concerning since maritime chokepoints in the region are plagued with conflict. Off of Yemen, in the Bab-El Mandeb Strait (see below), Iran-backed Houthis have unleashed multi-month drone and missile attacks against US, UK, and Israeli vessels.

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In a recent note to clients, the global corporate & investment banking capital markets strategy team at MUFG Bank warned the key theme for 2024 would be “Higher friction geopolitics.”

Focusing on the Middle East, MUFG’s Tom Joyce showed how 25% of global trade flows through three chokepoints: Suez Canal, Bab-El Mandeb Strait, and Strait of Hormuz. The latest incident is very concerning for global trade and flow of goods, such as energy products, through the region.

This all comes as Israel is bracing for drone and missile attacks by Iran or its proxies as warnings flashed on Friday about retaliation for the killing last week of senior Iranian military officials at the country’s embassy in Damascus.

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