Iranian navy holds a Philippine ship in the Gulf for smuggling fuel. Iran’s coastguard has detained a foreign ship in the Gulf with its 12 Filipino crew on suspicion of smuggling fuel. This comes amid rising tensions between Iran and the West in the Gulf.
Confirmation from the Iranian navy:
The Iranian navy confirmed the arrest of a foreign ship in the Gulf on Saturday on charges of smuggling fuel and detaining 12 Filipino sailors.
Iranian television quoted official sources as saying that the Iranian navy had stopped at its coast, a ship carrying 283,900 liters of smuggled fuel.
What is the number of arrested Filipino?
12 Filipino nationals aboard the ship arrested and were being investigated for prosecution. So, Iran’s coastguard has detained a foreign ship in the Gulf along with its 12 Filipino crew on suspicion of fuel smuggling. The ship was carrying about 284,000 liters of diesel fuel. The report did not say which flag the ship was flying.
The habit of Iran to seize ships:
Iran has previously seized ships in the Gulf, saying it used to smuggle fuel. The detention of the ship in the Strait of Hormuz comes amid heightened tension between Iran and the West in the Gulf. Since the United States withdrew from the nuclear deal last year and returned in order to impose sanctions on Tehran.
The crisis between Washington and Tehran
As well as, It has raised fears of a war in the Gulf region with global repercussions. As, In July, Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker near the Strait of Hormuz for what it said violated maritime rules.
Violation of the sanctions imposed on Iran:
This came two weeks after the British authorities detained Gibraltar. An Iranian tanker near Gibraltar on suspicion of transporting oil to Syria. In violation of the sanctions imposed by the European Union.
Eventually, Gibraltar authorities later released the Iranian tanker. While Tehran released last week seven of the 23 crew members of the British-flagged tanker.