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Iran Says Its Revolutionary Guard Seized Foreign Oil Tanker In Strait Of Hormuz


Added 07-18-19 11:07:01am EST - “Iran alleges that the small Panama-flagged tanker was smuggling some 264,000 gallons of fuel.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Iran Says Its Revolutionary Guard Seized Foreign Oil Tanker In Strait Of Hormuz”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Iran says its military seized a foreign oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. In this 2018 photo, a boat from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's naval force is seen in the Persian Gulf, near the strait. Jon Gambrell/AP hide caption

Iran says its military seized a foreign oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. In this 2018 photo, a boat from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's naval force is seen in the Persian Gulf, near the strait.

Iran says that its Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Navy has seized a foreign-flagged oil tanker in the Persian Gulf, alleging that the ship was smuggling 1 million liters (264,000 gallons) of fuel. Iranian state news outlets report that the ship had a crew of 12 aboard.

The vessel was seized south of Larak Island in the Strait of Hormuz, according to the state-run IRNA news agency. The island sits less than 20 miles off the Iranian mainland, south of Bandar Abbas.

As quoted by Iran's semi-official Fars news outlet, the Iranian military said in a statement Thursday that the tanker was on its way "to deliver the smuggled fuel received from the Iranian dhows to foreign ships in farther areas but it failed thanks to the IRGC Naval forces' vigilance."

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