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Iran Tries To Seize Two Oil Tankers, Fires Shots At One – US Navy

The United States (US) Navy has said that Iran tried to seize two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the early hour of Wednesday by firing shots at one of them.

According to the reports, in both cases, the Iranian naval vessels backed off after the US Navy responded to distress signals, adding that both commercial ships continued their voyages.

“The Iranian navy did make attempts to seize commercial tankers lawfully transiting international waters,” said Cmdr. Tim Hawkins, spokesman for the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet.

“The US Navy responded immediately and prevented those seizures.”

He said the gunfire directed at the second vessel did not cause casualties or major damage.


The US Navy says Iran has seized at least five commercial vessels in the last two years and has harassed several others.

Many of the incidents have occurred in and around the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Gulf through which 20 percent of all crude oil passes.

US-Iranian tensions have steadily risen since the Trump administration unilaterally withdrew from Iran’s 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers and restored crippling sanctions.

Iran has responded by ramping up its nuclear activities which it says are purely peaceful and is also providing armed drones to Russia for its war against Ukraine.

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