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PublishDate: Monday, August 5, 201900:32

Iran Seizes Tanker Smuggling Fuel to Arab States in Persian Gulf

A commander with Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Ramezan Zirahi, told Iranian Fars news agency on Sunday that patrols from the IRGC’s Naval District 2 had seized the ship near the Persian 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 countries. “700,000 liters of fuel have been seized and seven sailors, from different nationalities, have been detained.”
Zirahi said 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 Persian Gulf.

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