A report by the Israeli military intelligence site DEBKAfile finds that the attack on two Saudi supertankers in the Red Sea on July 25 was orchestrated by the Iranian Saviz, a weapons-carrying spy ship. The Iranian ship is packed with advanced surveillance gear for tracking shipping on the Red Sea.
Before the attack, Saudi and UAE intelligence intercepted signals from the Saviz informing the Houthis’ shore base in Yemen when the tanker would be passing within missile range. The next day, Iran’s Quds force chief Qassem Soleimani gloated: The Red Sea is not secure with the presence of American troops in the area.”
Although the damage to the supertankers was minimal, the Saudis decided not to take any chances and announced the suspension of oil shipping through the Red Sea and Bab al-Mandeb until conditions were secure. Oil prices shot up by one percent on the world markets.