Tanker seized by suspected "Iran-backed" forces in Arabian Sea, say maritime sources

Tanker seized by suspected "Iran-backed" forces in Arabian Sea, say maritime sources
# 03 August 2021 23:19 (UTC +04:00)

"Iranian-backed" forces are believed to have seized an oil tanker in the Gulf off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, three maritime security sources said, after Britain's maritime trade agency reported a "potential hijack" in the area on Tuesday, APA reports quoting Reuters.

Two of the sources identified the vessel as the Panama-flagged asphalt/bitumen tanker Asphalt Princess in an area in the Arabian Sea leading to the Strait of Hormuz, the conduit for about a fifth of the world's seaborne oil exports.

Iran's Foreign Ministry had earlier said reports of security incidents involving several ships near the UAE coast on Tuesday were "suspicious", and it warned of any effort to create a "false atmosphere" against the Islamic Republic.

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