Attacks on Two Oil Tankers; U.S. Spy Drones in Poland; Russia Says Syrian Rebels Attacked Turkish Soldiers

PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your evening news report on June 12 from news team:

Tanker attacks in Gulf of Oman fuel security, oil supply fears

Attacks on two oil tankers on Thursday in the Gulf of Oman left one ablaze and both adrift, shipping firms said, driving oil prices up 4% over worries about Middle East supplies, Reuters reported.

The Front Altair was on fire in waters between Gulf Arab states and Iran after an explosion that a source blamed on a magnetic mine. The crew of the Norwegian vessel were picked up by a vessel in the area and passed to an Iranian rescue boat.

A second Japanese-owned tanker was abandoned after being hit by a suspected torpedo, the firm that chartered the ship said. The crew were also picked up.

The attacks were the second in a month near the Strait of Hormuz, a major strategic waterway for world oil supplies.

Russia says concerned about U.S. deployment of spy drones in Poland

Russia is concerned about a U.S. plan to deploy spy drones in Poland, RIA news agency cited a Russian deputy foreign minister as saying on Thursday, Reuters reported.

Sergei Ryabkov also said Washington’s move demonstrated what he called its “aggressive intentions”.

On Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump promised Polish President Andrzej Duda that he would deploy 1,000 U.S. troops to Poland, a step sought by Warsaw to deter potential aggression from Russia.

Russia says Syrian rebels, not Syrian army attacked Turkish observation post

The Russian military said on Thursday that Syrian rebels had attacked a Turkish observation point in Syria’s Idlib province, a version of events at odds with Ankara which said the attack was mounted by the Syrian army, Reuters reported.

Turkey’s Defence Ministry said earlier on Thursday that Syrian government forces had carried out what it assessed to be a deliberate attack, firing 35 mortar shells at one of its observation posts, wounding three Turkish soldiers and damaging equipment and facilities.

But Russia’s Ministry of Defence in a statement blamed “terrorists” based in Idlib for the attack and said the Turkish army had asked Moscow to ensure the safety of its personnel and to strike the rebel positions.

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Source: Reuters