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IRG Seizes Oil Tanker Smuggling Fuel in Gulf
By Staff, Agencies
The Islamic Revolution Guard [IRG] Navy forces confiscated an oil tanker containing a big haul of smuggled fuel in the Gulf.
Head of the Public Relations Department of the IRG Navy’s 2nd naval zone, Colonel Gholam Hossein Hosseini told Tasnim news agency on Friday that the military forces have seized an oil tanker that was smuggling 250,000 liters of fuel.
Speaking from the southern port city of Bushehr, Colonel Hosseini said the haul of smuggled fuel has been captured in the Persian Gulf waters.
The vessel has been confiscated in the operation and seven crew of the ship have been arrested, he added.
Last week, the IRG forces seized a foreign vessel carrying 220,000 liters of smuggled fuel in Parsian County, south of Iran’s Hormozgan province.
“During the inspection of this vessel, more than 220,000 liters of smuggled fuel were seized and 11 foreign crew members were detained,” Mojtaba Ghahramani, head of the Justice Department of Hormozgan said.
He said the IRG had also seized an Iranian boat carrying 20,000 liters of diesel that sought to supply fuel to the foreign vessel, adding that its three crew members were arrested.
He noted that the confiscated fuel was delivered back to Hormozgan’s oil refinery.
The IRG's Navy has foiled several attacks on both Iranian and foreign tankers.
The elite force recently released detailed footage of its confrontation on October 25, 2021, against an American act of piracy targeting an Iranian fuel shipment.
During the episode, American forces confiscated the tanker that was carrying a cargo of Iranian oil in the strategic Sea of Oman, transferring its consignment of crude to another vessel.
The IRG then staged a maritime operation against the second vessel, landing its helicopters on its deck and navigating the ship towards Iranian waters.
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