Israeli Ports of Ashdod and Ashkelon Shut as Rockets Detonate near Turkish Cargo Ships

5 mins read  Sealuminati TeamMay 14, 2021
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Israel-Palestine Violence Worsens, Two Ports Shut

The violence escalating between the Israelis and the Palestinians is becoming worse day by day. The tensions are not only bound between the areas of the respective rivals but are causing harm to anything passing by. The Port of Ashdod and Port of Ashkelon have been called to shut down, as two rockets directed at the ports fell near two general Turkish cargo ships. The plan is to blow up the Trans-Israel, or Eilat-Ashkelon, pipeline in Ashkelon. This crude oil pipeline is known for connecting the Red Sea port city of Eilat in southern Israel to the Mediterranean port city of Ashkelon. If the rockets were right on spot, the damage would have been no match.

The maritime security firm, Dryad Global, claimed the destruction to be "indiscriminate". Dryad Global kept on ringing the warning bell, as this upsurging destruction between Jews and Arabs in Israel had chances to target the ports and the shipping infrastructure any day to cripple the economy. This incident slightly indicates the same.

Local observers have posted cell phone videos of rockets striking the Ashdod terminal and the offshore field outside the main anchorage. An earlier video shows the aftermath of a rocket attack on an oil facility near Askhelon's port.

At Ashdod, a rocket is believed to have landed near Turkish shipowner Kamer Marine's 7,200-dry weight (DWT) Maltese-flagged general cargo ship Mona (built 1995) and Marmara Island Shipping's 6,900-DWT Panama-flagged cargo vessel Ahmet Onel (built 1987). Mona has since left the terminal, according to AIS data from MarineTraffic.

The Palestinian Hamas organization's military arm, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigade, signed a statement that it had pounced on an "Israeli gas platform off the coast of Gaza." "In compliance with guidance obtained from the ministry of energy, we have shut-in and depressurized the Tamar platform," Chevron (US oil company) said. Chevron's Leviathan sector, located north of Haifa, has started to produce, according to Dryad.

According to US News & World Report, on Wednesday (12th May), a fire at a storage tank was witnessed as a never-ending fire near a gas pipeline in Europe. The infrastructure was struck by a missile launched from Gaza on Tuesday night. Tensions between Israel and Palestine have risen dramatically in the last 12 days. Protests erupted after the eviction of 12 Palestinian families from their homes in East Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, culminating in violent clashes between protesters and military personnel.

According to Dryad, there has been a substantial increase in force in the last 48 hours, with Hamas and the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine (PIJ) launching several indiscriminate rocket attacks against Israeli cities. Reports also claim the involuntary movement of the Israeli ground forces is seen to slide into the Gaza territory.

"Thus, farm targeting by Hamas and the PIJ has been indiscriminate with the intent of causing significant civilian casualties and damage to infrastructure," Dryad said. "Port and energy infrastructure are at this stage assessed to be proxy targets with any damage resulting from the indiscriminate nature of attacks."

"It is assessed that there is no stated intent to target wider commercial shipping," the company said. "However, today's statement by the Palestinian al Qassam indicates a clear intent to target the economic interests of Israel where possible. As such, ports and offshore infrastructure remain at heightened risk with attacks and associated damage a realistic possibility, "Dryad added.

However, according to Dryad, such goals are understood to be part of Hamas and the PIJ's larger strategic intent. Militants are thought to have connections to the Fajr-5 surface–to–surface missile, which is manufactured in Iran. And the group expects that any long-term commitment would almost certainly include attacks on bespoke targets such as ports, oil, and offshore facilities

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