Iran Guards seize ship smuggling fuel in Gulf: state media

Iran Guards seize ship smuggling fuel in Gulf: state media

Iran Guards seize ship smuggling fuel in Gulf: state media

Iran Guards seize ship smuggling fuel in Gulf: state media

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards seized an overseas vessel smuggling gas inside the Gulf and arrested its team of individuals, country media said Sunday, in the 0.33 such incident mentioned this month.

The Guards “seized a foreign vessel sporting 200,000 liters (around 53,000 gallons) of smuggled fuel within the north of the Persian Gulf and directed it to Bushehr (port)”, nation broadcaster IRIB said, quoting a declaration by way of the Guards’ Navy.

“Eight crew members of the vessel, who are foreigners, were arrested and taken to Bushehr port, where they will be handed over to the judicial authorities to complete the investigation and legal processes,” it added.

The crewmen’s nationalities were not specified.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is the ideological arm of Iran’s army.

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The incident is the state-of-the-art in a series of seizures of gas-smuggling vessels in sea lanes of the Gulf, where a large part of the sector’s oil is produced and shipped.

On April 15, Iranian media stated the seizure of a ship carrying 250,000 liters of smuggled gas and the arrest of its seven-member team.

Another boat with 11 groups onboard was seized, in a report on April 9.

“The fight against smuggling, especially fuel smuggling, is one of the main priorities of the IRGC Navy in order to support national production and the dynamism of the country’s economy,” the statement said.

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