It is unclear if the reported incident was an attack on an oil tanker in the area.
Research showed just how close their lower threshold Israel's southern coral reefs live.
The revelation of this alleged Israeli involvement was unusual in that generally Israel prefers to keep a low profile if it undertakes such attacks.
The incident could harm those who support “rapprochement,” the article noted. This would cast the attack as somehow harming the exploration of talks between Iran and the US.
While officially listed as a merchant ship, the Saviz was likely a covert IRGC forward base.
Abandoned, rebel-held Yemeni tanker could spill four times as much oil as Exxon Valdez
Vesselfinder.com spokesperson Mihail Mitev confirmed to VICE News that the ship tracking data was accurate, saying "there is no room for some kind of conspiracies or false data.”
It is now blocking transit in both directions through one of the world's busiest shipping channels for goods, oil, grain and other products linking Asia and Europe.
The large container ship apparently hit ground while traversing the waterway.
The oil spill would directly affect the coral reefs of the northern Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba, one of the last reef ecosystems to survive and thrive to this day.