Oil tanker in the Persian Gulf (archive)
Oil tanker in the Persian Gulf (archive)iStock

Foreign officials said on Friday evening that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps launched a Shahed 136-type drone in the Persian Gulf towards the Campo Square oil tanker, which is owned by Israeli businessman Eyal Ofer.

The attack took place last week, according to reports in the BBC’s Persian language service, as well as the Saudi newspaper Elaph.

The tanker was sailing under the flag of Liberia. There were no injuries in the attack.

Senior defense officials in Israel confirmed the report, according to Channel 13 News.

Israel sees this as an attempt by Iran to avenge attacks attributed to Israel against Iran.

Last November, the Pacific Zircon oil tanker was attacked by drones off the coast of Oman.

While reports said the vessel is owned by Israeli billionaire Idan Ofer, Israeli officials later denied the tanker is owned by an Israeli company.

The officials said that the Israeli connection to the vessel is very small and the attack is not related directly to Iran's conflict with Israel.

The Islamic Republic has threatened more than once to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz, with the United States warning Iran in response that any attempt to close the strait would be viewed as a "red line" -- grounds for US military action.

(Israel National News' North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Israel National News articles, however, is Israeli time.)