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- Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard seized a "foreign vessel" in the Strait of Hormuz, the state-run Mehr news agency reported.
- It said the vessel is accused of smuggling a million liters of fuel. Twelve foreign crew members were on board when it was seized, the news agency said.
- It’s not clear where the vessel came from, and the nationalities of the crew on board.
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Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard corps has seized a "foreign vessel" accused of smuggling a million liters of fuel in the Strait of Hormuz, a state-run news agency reported.
The Revolutionary Guard captured the ship on Sunday in the south of Larak Island, the Mehr news agency reported on Thursday.
The ship had 12 crew members on board at the time, Mehr added. The news agency did not say where the vessel came from, and the nationalities of the crew on board.
The reported capture comes days after a UAE-based, Panamanian-flagged tanker was reported missing in the same region.
Tensions between Iran and the West are running high over nuclear-deal disagreements and the capture of an Iranian oil tanker off the British-controlled territory of Gibraltar.
- Iran orders ‘foreign powers’ to leave the Strait of Hormuz and says the West is playing a ‘dangerous game’ over Gibraltar tanker seizure
- Iran’s gunboat challenge against a British tanker could have caused a massive explosion and billions in damages
- UK orders ‘heightened security’ for all British-flagged vessels in the Strait of Hormuz as Iran threatens shipping