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7/11, 5:41 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Gibraltar police arrests officers of detained Iran tanker

Gibraltar police on Thursday arrested captain and officers of detained Iran tanker, with charges still pending, AFP reported citing local media. Additionally, all documents and electronic devices were also confiscated during the raid. Last week, said oil tanker was seized by the United Kingdom Royal Marines due to suspicions the vessel was in breach of sanctions imposed against the Syrian regime.

Tensions between the two countries are running high after five armed Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps boats reportedly unsuccessfully tried to seize a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf. These allegations were later refuted by Iranian armed forces.

In the meantime, UK Department of Transport issued guidance to put all the country's ships in the Strait of Hormuz on "heightened security," after which the media reported that the ship security for UK-flagged ships in the region was once more raised to the third, highest level of security.

Breaking the News / MA