Iranian tanker on fire off Saudi coast

Crude oil tanker, Amjad, which was one of two reported tankers that were damaged in mysterious "sabotage attacks" this year

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Iranian state TV determined the ship as the oil tanker Sinopa. The maritime vessel tracking company Tanker Trackers said the tanker was regularly utilized to transport oil to the Syrian federal government, regardless of international sanctions.

The incident came amidst heightened tension in between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Last month, 18 drones and 7 cruise missiles hit a significant oil field and processing center in Saudi Arabia, which blamed Iran for the attack.

And United States authorities stated Iran was responsible for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf in June and July, as well as attacks on another four tankers in May.

Iran rejected involvement in all the events.

Image copyright AFP Image caption Four ships, consisting of the Saudi vessel Amjad( imagined above ), were screwed up earlier this year An explosion has triggered a fire on an Iranian tanker near the coast of Saudi Arabia, Iranian media state.

The vessel, from Iran’s national oil company (NOIC), was 60 miles (97km) from the Saudi port city of Jeddah when the occurrence happened, reports said.

The ship’s 2 main storage tanks were said to be harmed, triggering an oil spill into the Red Sea, however no-one was hurt.

NOIC declared the vessel was hit by rockets, but did not provide evidence.

Iran’s nationwide tanker company (NITC) stated the fire had actually been put out and the oil spillage minimized to a minimum, according to the news site Iran Front Page.

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