With two fatalities, shadow war escalates to new dramatic stage for shipping companies

The shadow war between Iran and Israel has until recently been kept off the seas, but with events now also taking place in the maritime domain, the "shadow war" could pose a threat to shipping companies. According to a new report, attacks are becoming less careful and more risky.

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The so-called shadow war between Iran and Israel has entered the maritime sphere, and attacks at sea have become more prominent in 2021. Most recently, an attack on an oil tanker, which left two dead, has escalated the situation – and the risk – substantially.

Several incidents affecting vessels seemingly with association to the two nations have occurred over the last several months. Most recently, there was an attack on oil tanker Mercer Steet, which was attacked at the end of July, with a fatal outcome.

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