- Further attacks on Gulf shipping likely as Israel continues efforts to disrupt nuclear programme, with Iran taking fewer steps to avoid fatalities
- Israel-linked ships will remain primary targets, but other countries’ maritime interests in Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman will face collateral risks
- US sanctions to disrupt drone procurement likely if efforts to restore JCPOA continue to stall or fail, but will have little impact on Iran’s capabilities
The Liberian-flagged Mercer Street, an oil tanker managed by the Israeli-owned Zodiac Maritime, was attacked with a drone packed with military-grade explosives early on 30 July, killing a British and a Romanian crew member. Hours earlier, two further armed drones had attempted to attack the vessel northeast of Masirah Island off the coast of Oman.
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