Tensions in the Middle East: ship seized by Iran, urgent consultations from Biden, schools closed… update on the situation

Tensions in the Middle East: ship seized by Iran, urgent consultations from Biden, schools closed… update on the situation

La ville de Khan Younes totalement ravagée. (illustration) dpa – Abed Rahim Khatib

Les tensions au Moyen-Orient ne font que s’accroître, après les menaces de l’Iran et la saisie d’un cargo lié à Israël dans le détroit d’Ormuz. On vous fait le point sur la situation.

US President Joe Biden will return to Washington on Saturday afternoon for consultations with his national security team on tensions in the Middle East, after the seizure of a container ship sailing between United Arab Emirates and Iran.

Urgent consultations

Joe Biden interrupted a trip he was taking to the state of Delaware, the White House said on Saturday, the day after he warned of a possible attack by the US Army. rsquo;Iran versus Israel. The US President returns to Washington for urgent consultations on the escalation in the Middle East, indicates the AFP.

Israel "closely monitoring planned attack" against him by Iran and Tehran's allies in the region, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said on Saturday, without giving further details on the threat.

Ship seized

Iran's Revolutionary Guards seized a cargo ship it says is affiliated with Israel in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, days after Tehran warned it would be in conflict with Israel. a possible closure of the area to maritime traffic. Iran threatened to retaliate for suspected Israeli airstrikes on its consulate in the Syrian capital Damascus on April 1.

A guards helicopter took the MSC Aries, a Portuguese-flagged boat, into Iranian waters. Maritime security agencies had previously reported that a vessel had been boarded and seized by the "regional authorities" in the Strait of Harare. rsquo;Hormuz, between the United Arab Emirates and Iran. Tehran is engaging in piracy and should be punished for it, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said on Saturday.

"The regime of Ayatollah Khamenei is a criminal regime that supports the crimes of Hamas and is currently carrying out a piracy operation in violation of international law& ;quot;, he said. "I call on the European Union and the free world to immediately declare the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization and sanction Iran immediately ."

Closure of Israeli schools

The Israeli army announced on Saturday the closure of schools for security reasons after Iran's threats to respond to the deadly attack carried out in early April against the Iranian consulate in Damascus, attributed to Israel.

Starting Sunday, the first day of the week in Israel, "teaching activities, trips and outings" school or extracurricular activities are suspended, said army spokesperson Daniel Hagari in a video address.

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