Israeli Navy shipwreck investigators have identified a cargo ship as the main missing object in the wreck of a cargo vessel off the coast of the Gaza Strip, raising the possibility that the ship, a tanker, was actually part of a shipwreck off the Arabian Sea.
The Israeli navy had been searching for the missing ship, the Yachad, since late March, when it sank in the waters of the Red Sea.
After months of searching, Israeli officials said they were finally able to recover parts of the ship that had been hidden under sand in a nearby field.
The vessel had been carrying crude oil and coal to a Saudi Arabian shipyard, which is currently awaiting the completion of a project to build a large oil storage facility.
But investigators had difficulty finding the cargo ship’s captain.
They said that the captain, whose name was not released, told them that the boat sank on March 13, but did not say how long it was submerged.
“He did not want to say how many days or how many hours or where they came from,” a senior Israeli naval officer said.
On March 16, the Israeli navy released video footage of a salvage operation in the Red Desert, where they found the wreck.
The video showed a piece of the vessel floating near the shore, which had been covered by sand.
The navy’s video also showed a part of the tanker’s hull, which was almost completely covered with debris.
The captain of the Yacht was also seen wearing a helmet and carrying a large, white box.
Israel’s Navy said the video footage was evidence that the Yachaad was the missing object.
The search was also resumed on March 18.
In an interview with the Israeli daily Haaretz, the captain of Israel’s navy, Brig. Gen. Yoav Galant, said that he was in contact with investigators and was looking for evidence.
“The video shows a piece floating near shore, and I think it is possible to identify the ship’s crew,” Galant said.
He said the missing part of ship is a large box that had a red metal casing that had broken off.
“This is the last piece of evidence that will be found,” he said.
Galant added that he had been in contact in the past few days with the Saudi Arabian authorities about the discovery.
Saudi Arabia has previously said that it has recovered part of another vessel that had sunk off the Red Planet in the 1960s.
In a statement released March 23, Saudi officials said that a team of archaeologists from the University of Exeter and the Israel Defense Forces were looking for the vessel, which they said belonged to the military.
The Saudi military said the ship was part of an expedition in the southern part of Saudi Arabia.
Israel also confirmed the vessel was part-owned by the Saudi Royal Navy.
The ship was a tanker and was operating in the northern Gulf of Aden, according to the Saudi government.
A senior Israeli military officer told The Jerusalem Times that he believed the ship may have been a tanker of some kind, although it was not clear whether the ship actually sank or was part the shipwreck.
“We know that there is debris on the bottom of the sea and it was there for some time,” the officer said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.
Israel is in the middle of an extensive search effort for the Yatchad, which has a total length of more than 6,000 kilometers (3,700 miles).
It is expected to be towed to the southern port of Ashkelon for an underwater search.
“In the end, the ship will be recovered, and we will be able to determine its fate,” the Israeli military said in a statement.
“Israel is not looking for any kind of human remains or any debris, but we are interested in the wreckage.”
Israel said in March that it will not give up on the search for the sunken ship.
“Our priority is to find the missing vessel and to ensure that its crew and passengers are rescued safely and that the wreck is never found again,” the statement said.