Iran troops boarded Liberian oil tanker in international waters: US military
September 27, 2020
Middle East

Iran troops boarded Liberian oil tanker in international waters: US military

WASHINGTON (US) – Iranian troops boarded a civilian vessel in international waters in the Gulf, said the US military on Wednesday.

A black-and-white video released by the US military’s Central Command on Twitter reveals a helicopter near a ship.

“Today in international waters, Iranian forces, including two ships and an Iranian ‘Sea King’ helicopter, overtook and boarded a ship called the ‘Wila,'” the Central Command Tweeted.

Refinitiv tracking data reveals that ‘Wila’ is a Liberian-flagged oil tanker and was anchored near the UAE port of Khor Fakkan.

According to a US official, the incident occurred near the Strait of Hormuz and the vessel was later released by Iranian troops. The official said the US military was only involved in monitoring the situation.

Tensions between Washington and Tehran escalated last year following a series of incidents involving shipping near the Gulf.

After Britain seized Iranian oil tanker Grace 1, accusing it of violating sanctions imposed on Syria, Tehran retaliated by briefly seizing a UK oil tanker in July 2019.

(Photos syndicated via Reuters)
This story has been edited by BH staff and is published from a syndicated field

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