Iranian Tanker Has Been Hit by Missile; Turkey Stepped Up Its Air and Artillery Strikes in Syria

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Missiles hit Iran oil tanker off Saudi coast

An Iranian tanker was been hit by two missiles in the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia today leading to an oil leak which is now under control, Iranian state news agency IRNA has said.

The Sabiti tanker was set ablaze and suffered heavy damage and was leaking crude about 96 kilometres from the Saudi port city of Jeddah.

“The leak of oil has stopped and the situation is under control,” IRNA said.

Shipping data released by Refinitiv shows the Sabiti tanker now “using engine” heading to Iran’s Larak port in the Gulf.

ISNA cited a source saying the vessel was struck in a “terrorist” attack. Iran’s state television reported that two of its tanks were damaged.

Iran’s Nour news agency, which is close to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, said the crew was safe.

Al Jazeera‘s Zein Basravi, reporting from Tehran, said the tanker “does the Syria route”, claiming it was heading to the sanctions hit country.

“This is the third time in the past six months that an Iranian tanker has been incapacitated in these waters,” he noted.

According to the website Tankertrackers, the vessel was the largest-sized tanker, and was fully loaded with one million barrels of oil.

This comes as tensions in the region have been heightened by attacks on Saudi oil facilities on 14 September which were claimed by Yemen’s Houthi group, but which both the US and Saudi believe were orchestrated by Iran. Claims Tehran denies.

‘Border on fire’ as Turkey intensifies Syria campaign

Turkey stepped up its air and artillery strikes on Kurdish militia in northeast Syria on Friday, escalating an offensive that has drawn warnings of humanitarian catastrophe and turned Republican lawmakers against U.S. President Donald Trump, Reuters reported.

The incursion, launched after Trump withdrew U.S. troops who had been fighting alongside Kurdish forces against Islamic State militants, has opened a new front in the eight-year-old Syrian civil war and drawn fierce international criticism.

In Washington, Trump – fending off accusations that he abandoned the Kurds, loyal allies of the United States – suggested that Washington could mediate in the conflict, while also raising the possibility of imposing sanctions on Turkey.

On Friday, Turkish warplanes and artillery struck around Syria’s Ras al Ain, one of two border towns that have been the focus of the offensive. Reuters journalists heard gunfire there from across the frontier in the Turkish town of Ceylanpinar.

A convoy of 20 armoured vehicles carrying Turkish-allied Syrian rebels entered Syria from Ceylanpinar. Some made victory signs, shouting “Allahu akbar” (God is greatest) and waving Syrian rebel flags as they advanced towards Ras al Ain.

Some 120 km (75 miles) to the west, Turkish howitzers resumed shelling near the Syrian town of Tel Abyad, a witness said.

“In these moments, Tel Abyad is seeing the most intense battles in three days,” Marvan Qamishlo, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said.

Read more: Iran Launched Military Exercise Near Turkey; Israeli Reservists Called for Military Support of Kurds

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