Israel has blamed Iran for an alleged attack that left a Ray Car Carriers vessel with four holes in its hull above the waterline.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: "It was indeed an act by Iran, that's clear."

Reports claimed the Israeli-owned 7,721-ceu Helios Ray (built 2015) suffered an explosion in the Gulf of Oman on Friday.

"Iran is the greatest enemy of Israel, I am determined to halt it.