Tehran: An Iranian oil tanker was attacked off the coast in Saudi Arabia in the Red Eea causing some damage to the oil tanker. “Two explosions on the vessel likely by missile causing some damage to the ship” said an official from the Iranian Foreign Ministry.
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The incident took place at 04:50 (01:50 GMT) about 95 km (60 miles) from the Saudi city of Jeddah, Iran’s Mehr news agency said. Tension has been building up in the Gulf and Middle East following terrorist attack in Saudi oil installations recently and Turkey’s onslaught in Syria’s Kurd controlled areas of late.
Two of the vessel’s tanks were struck, it added, causing damage measuring between 0.5m and 1.5m. There were no reports of injuries. The reports have so far only come from Iranian sources. There has been no comment from Saudi officials. Iranian state TV earlier identified the vessel as the Sinopia, but the NIOC later said it was the Sabiti.