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IRGC says it seized British tanker in Strait of Hormuz

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said on Friday it seized a British oil tanker named Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz after it allegedly violated international regulations.

The IRGC noted it captured the ship with 23 crew members on board earlier in the day and added the vessel will be guided onshore for inspection.

The move comes after Britain decided to extend the detention of an Iranian tanker it detained near Gibraltar earlier this month for 30 days despite saying it would free the vessel if Tehran guarantees it will not head to Syria. Iran claimed the UK had no "valid" pretext for seizing the ship and vowed to respond to UK's action.

Breaking the News / NP