Jul 18, 2019 15:45 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Oct 04, 2019 12:00 Asia/Tehran]
  • IRGC impounds foreign oil tanker smuggling fuel in Persian Gulf

Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy said it has impounded a foreign oil tanker smuggling one million liters of fuel Southern Kharg Island in the Persian Gulf.

Iran Press/Iran news: "IRGC navy forces impounded the vessel in a blitz operation on Sunday July 14 2019, at the request of Iranian judiciary and after they ensured that the vessel was carrying smuggled fuel," IRGC Navy announced In its statement released on Thursday.

"The foreign oil tanker, with 12 foreign crews, has the capacity of carrying two million liters of fuel, was to deliver its cargo to other foreign vessels," the statement added.

Kharg Island is a continental island in the Persian Gulf belonging to Iran. The island is located 25 km off the coast of Iran and 483 km northwest of the Strait of Hormuz.

IRGC also rejected some western media claims about detaining an oil tanker in the Persian Gulf in the weekend, stressing that the vigilant Iranian coast guard forces strongly continue their security and anti-smuggling operations and will not hesitate in defending Iran’s national interests.

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