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Iran impounds foreign tanker for fuel smuggling, arrests its crew

Iran impounds foreign tanker for fuel smuggling, arrests its crew

AFP
Tehran
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said on Thursday they had detained a “foreign tanker” and its crew for allegedly smuggling fuel, in the latest incident to send tensions soaring in the Gulf.
“With a capacity of 2 million barrels and 12 foreign crew on board, the vessel was en route to deliver contraband fuel received from Iranian boats to foreign ships in farther regions when it was intercepted,” the force’s Sepahnews website said.
It was seized south of the Iranian island of Larak, the Guards said without detailing the name or provenance of the vessel.
“Iranian forces approached it and using a tugboat brought it into Iranian waters for necessary repairs,” foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said.
TankerTrackers reported that the Panamanian-flagged tanker Riah, used in the Strait of Hormuz “for fuelling other vessels”, had crossed into Iranian waters on Sunday. page 5

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