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Footage Shows IRGC Seizes Tanker Smuggling Fuel in the Gulf
By Staff, Agencies
Iran confiscated a foreign oil tanker in the Gulf that was smuggling fuel to some Arab countries.
A commander with Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps [IRGC], Ramezan Zirahi, told Fars news agency on Sunday that patrols from the IRGC’s Naval District 2 seized the ship near the Gulf island of Farsi on Wednesday night after intelligence gathering.
“The foreign vessel was receiving fuel from other ships and was transferring it to the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf,” he said, without naming the countries. “700,000 liters of fuel have been seized and seven sailors, from different nationalities, have been detained.”
Zirahi added that coordination for the detainment had been made with judicial sources.
On July 14, the IRGC seized the Panamanian-flagged Riah tanker for smuggling one million liters of Iranian fuel south of Larak Island in the Gulf.
On June 19, the IRGC impounded the 30,000-tonne UK-flagged Stena Impero tanker as it was passing through the Strait of Hormuz en route to Saudi Arabia “for failing to respect international maritime rules.”
The vessel had been involved in an accident with an Iranian fishing boat and had ignored its distress call, changing its route.
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