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Iran holds a ship near the Strait of Hormuz

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Iran has detained a ship suspected of being used to smuggle fuel and arrested its 11 crew near the Strait of Hormuz, vital to the transit of oil tankers, state television reported.

The navy patrol intercepted the ship carrying 250,000 liters of fuel near the Strait of Hormuz, the television said on its website, quoting a Revolutionary Guards commander.

“The ship was sailing from Bandar Lengeh to the waters of the Emirates before being seized 32 kilometers east of Greater Tunb Island,” General Ali Azmai was quoted as saying.

“The 11 crew members of the ship have been arrested,” he said, without disclosing when or what the crew’s nationalities were.

Television showed images from the back of a ship showing containers filled with what appeared to be fuel.

It was the second time Iran seized a ship this month after seizing a suspected oil smuggling boat and its 12 Filipino crew in the Strait of Hormuz on September 7.

The news comes as tensions in the Gulf are rising after drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities that Washington blamed on Tehran.

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