Iran rejects US claims on Tehran targeting tanker off India

Iran rejects US claims on Tehran targeting ship off India

TEHRAN: Iran’s foreign ministry rejected on Monday (Dec 25) as “worthless” Washington’s claims that a drone attack targeting a ship off the coast of India was “fired from Iran”.

Saturday’s targeting of a Japanese-owned chemical tanker came amid a flurry of drone and missile strikes by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels in the Red Sea in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, where Israel is battling Hamas militants.

The Pentagon later publicly accused Tehran of the attack.

“We declare these claims as completely rejected and worthless,” said foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani when asked about the US allegations.

“Such claims are aimed at projecting, distracting public attention, and covering up for the full support of the American government for the crimes of the Zionist regime (Israel) in Gaza,” he added.

The Gaza Strip has suffered over 11 weeks of Israeli air and ground attacks that have killed more than 20,400 people, mostly women and children, according to the health ministry in the Hamas-run coastal territory.

Israel has vowed to crush Hamas after the Palestinian militant group carried out a cross-border attack on Oct 7 that killed around 1,140 people in Israel, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on Israeli numbers.

The Pentagon later publicly accused Tehran of the attack.

“We declare these claims as completely rejected and worthless,” said foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani when asked about the US allegations.

“Such claims are aimed at projecting, distracting public attention, and covering up for the full support of the American government for the crimes of the Zionist regime (Israel) in Gaza,” he added.

The Gaza Strip has suffered over 11 weeks of Israeli air and ground attacks that have killed more than 20,400 people, mostly women and children, according to the health ministry in the Hamas-run coastal territory.

Israel has vowed to crush Hamas after the Palestinian militant group carried out a cross-border attack on Oct 7 that killed around 1,140 people in Israel, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on Israeli numbers.

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