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Friday 11 October 2019

Iran Tanker Hit by 2 Missiles

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DUBAI (Reuters) — An Iranian-owned oil tanker was hit by two missiles in the Red Sea off Saudi Arabia’s coast on Friday, Iran’s state television reported, quoting the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) which owns the vessel.

The Sabiti, which was set ablaze, suffered heavy damage and had leaked oil after it was struck in the morning about 100 km from the Saudi port of Jeddah, Iranian media reported. State-run IRNA agency said the leak had been brought under control. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Saudi Arabia had no immediate comment.

The U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, which operates in the region, said it was aware of media reports about the tanker, but did not have any further information.

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