Iran says oil-tanker struck by two rockets behind Saudi Arabia, Two rockets struck an Iranian tanker moving through the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia on Friday,
Iranian officials told the newest incident in the country amid months of heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S.
There was no direct word from Saudi Arabia on the reported attack.
State television announced the blast damaged two storerooms aboard the unnamed oil tanker and made an oil flow into the Red Sea near the Saudi port city of Jiddah.
The state-run IRNA news agency, quoting Iran’s National Iranian Tanker Co., identified the stricken vessel as the Sanity. That container last turned on its tracking tools in Aug near the Iranian port city, Bandar Abbas.
Lt. Pete Pagano, a spokesperson for the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Squadron overseeing the Mideast, told officials there remained “aware of the news of this incident,” but refused to comment further.
The full charge comes after the U.S. has claimed that in prior months Iran attacked oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, something denied by Tehran.
Friday’s incident could push tensions between Iran and the U.S. even higher,
more than a year next Donald Trump unilaterally removed America from the nuclear deal and imposed sanctions now crushing Iran’s economy.
The magic attacks on oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz,
Iran says oil-tanker struck by two rockets behind Saudi Arabia, Iran shot down a U.S. military surveillance drone and other incidents across the broader Middle East following Trump’s decision.
The latest attack saw Saudi Arabia’s vital oil production come following a drone-and-cruise-missile attack, halving the kingdom’s output. The U.S. has accused Iran of the offence, something denied by Tehran. Yemen’s Houthi rebels, whom the country is struggling in a year’s long war, claimed that attack,
though analysts say, the rockets used in the attack wouldn’t have the range to reach the sites from Yemen.