THE Tehran is committing hostage-taking and must be sanctioned for it, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said today, following the seizure of an Israeli-bound cargo ship near Strait of Hormuz by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.

“His regime Ayatollah Khamenei is a criminal regime that supports the crimes of Hamas and is now conducting a piracy operation in violation of international law,” Katz said. “I call on the European Union and the free world to immediately declare the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization and impose sanctions in Iran now”.

Iran “will suffer the consequences of its choice to further aggravate the situation”, Israel’s military warned today as the country is on high alert in the face of threats of retaliation from Tehran, a Palestinian ally. Hamas.

“We have increased our readiness to protect Israel from a new Iranian attack. We are also ready to respond,” Israeli military spokesman Daniel Haggari added in a statement released after Iran said it had seized a ship “linked” to Israel in the Gulf.