Israeli-owned ship hit by missile: reports

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A cargo ship owned by an Israeli company has been damaged by an Iranian missile in the Arabian Sea, Israeli media reports say.

The Ynet news website reported the ship, sailing from Tanzania to India under a Liberian flag, did not sustain serious damage and was able to continue its voyage.

Channel 12 news said the ship is owned by XT Management, based in the port city of Haifa.

Reuters could not immediately confirm the incident or reach officials at the company for comment.

Israeli government officials had no immediate comment.

Last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Iran for an explosion aboard an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman.

The vehicle-carrier MV Helios Ray was hit between the night of February 25 and morning of February 26 by a blast above the water line that a US official said ripped holes in both sides of its hull.

An Israeli official said limpet mines were used.

Iran denied involvement at the time.

"We strongly reject this accusation," Saeed Khatibzadeh, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry in Tehran, said.