"In times of war, the law falls silent." -- Cicero

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Iran’s Tasnim news agency said Saturday that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy had seized the Israeli-linked MSC ARIES container ship near the Strait of Hormuz.

A video first reported by The Associated Press showed commandos raiding a ship near the key waterway by helicopter.

The vessel involved was the Portuguese-flagged MSC Aries, a container ship associated with London-based Zodiac Maritime. Zodiac Maritime is part of Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer’s Zodiac Group.

An Iranian Retaliation is Coming: This is Why ANALYSIS MikeRivero

The matter has been resolved. Israel, in the words of the Iranian mission to the United Nations, will be “punished”. 

This punishment is not just the direct outcome of Israel’s deadly attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus on April 1, but an overdue retaliation to many such aggressions. 

Why is Israel targeting Iran?

Israel has been bombing Iranian facilities in Syria for years. 

Update(1740): Multiple European airlines have canceled all flights to and from Iran, and flight trackers also indicate that skies above Israel are clear of civilian aviation.

Speculation is at a frenzy over the 'when & where' of the coming Iranian retaliation attack. "Anonymous US officials" have been feeding alarming headlines to media outlets all day - and among them the following:

The U.S. rushed warships into position to protect Israel and American forces in the region, hoping to head off a direct attack from Iran on Israel that could come as soon as this weekend.

Hundreds of human rights activists with the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, including CODEPINK’s Ann Wright and Medea Benjamin, are due to set sail on multiple vessels in mid-April to carry 5,500 tons of aid for Gaza.

For the past six months, Israel has put a lot of effort into covering up its genocidal crimes in Gaza. One of the most brutal ways it does this is by routinely threatening, targeting and assassinating Palestinian journalists.

Israel's Iron Dome is being "overwhelmed" by Hezbollah rockets, according to reports, as officials have warned an attack by Iran is imminent.

A second round of Hezbollah missiles hit the dome on Friday, sources said.

Videos show multiple rockets from the Iran-backed group soaring across northern Israel and hitting the dome as sirens blare in the background.

Observers said the rockets appeared to have "overwhelmed" the Iron Dome, due to the sheer scale of the attack, though no casualties have been confirmed yet.