Iran's Drone, Air Force Commanders Behind Deadly Ship Attack, Israel Says

Iran's Drone, Air Force Commanders Behind Deadly Ship Attack, Israel Says

Andrew H. Sweet

Israeli's Defense and Foreign ministers said Saeed Ara Jani, the head of the drone command, and Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the air force chief, were responsible for the attack on Mercer Street, which killed two crew members – a Briton and a Romanian.

On a recording from one of the vessels, called Asphalt Princess, shared with The Associated Press, a crew member can be heard telling the Emirati coast guard that five or six armed Iranians had boarded the tanker.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken vowed a "collective response." Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Israel "know[s] how to act alone" against Iran.

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