Thursday, April 27, 2023

Iran’s IRGC seizes Marshall Islands-flagged oil tanker in Gulf of Oman: US Navy

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) seized an oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, the US Navy said, in the latest such incident in the commercially vital seaway.

The waters where the ship was seized, near the Strait of Hormuz, are a chokepoint for at least a third of the world’s seaborne oil.

The “Marshall Islands-flagged oil tanker Advantage Sweet was seized by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy while transiting international waters in the Gulf of Oman,” the Bahrain-based US Fifth Fleet said in a statement.

“The Iranian government should immediately release the oil tanker,” it added, slamming Tehran’s “continued harassment of vessels and interference with navigational rights in regional waters.”

The US Navy did not specify the owner of the vessel or its destination.

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