MADRID, Jan. 7 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The US Maritime Administration has raised the alert level for ships sailing through different areas of the Middle East to the “possibility” that Iran responds to the death of one of its main officers, General Qasem Soleimani, attacking US targets in the zone.
The notice, which extends to the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz, the Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea, the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, reflects the potential threats posed by both Iran and its allies in the region, without mentioning any one in particular.
“There have been numerous maritime threats in the immediate vicinity of the geographic areas described,” said the Maritime Administration, which stressed that the US government evaluates the situation “continuously” and aims to guarantee freedom of navigation.
The origin of the alert underlies the attack in which Soleimani died, perpetrated on January 2 by an American drone at the Baghdad airport. The Maritime Administration has stressed that it was “a decisive defensive action”, in a continuation of the thesis maintained in recent days since Washington and that it maintains that, with the bombing, new attacks have been prevented.