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Blast Sets Iran Tanker On Fire Off Saudi Coast Near Jeddah

An explosion set an Iranian oil tanker on fire near the Saudi port

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An explosion has set an Oil Tanker on fire off the coast of Saudi Arabia. The tanker belonging to the National Iranian Oil Company was reportedly hit by two missiles. It soon set the vessel on fire 60 miles from the Saudi port city of Jeddah. The explosion has caused heavy damages and oil is spilling in the Red Sea

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As reported by Iran’s Students News Agency ISNA, Two missiles struck the Iran-owned Sinopa oil tanker setting it ablaze off the Saudi port of Jeddah. The vessel owned by the National Iranian Tanker Company was hit about 100 kilometres (60 miles) off the Saudi coast. Experts believe that it is the work of terrorists.

The report further adds that, All crew members are safe and the situation of the tanker that was on fire in the Red Sea after an explosion is safe and the situation of the tanker is stable.

Tensions have been high between regional foes Iran and Saudi Arabia since an attack on the Kingdom’s two oil facilities on September 14. The attack had caused fires and damage and shutting down 5.7 million barrels per day (bpd) of production – more than 5% of global oil supply. Yemen’s Houthi group had claimed responsibility for the attacks. but a US official said they originated from southwestern Iran. Riyadh blamed Tehran. Iran, which supports the Houthis in Yemen’s war, had denied any involvement.

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