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Iran Says it Seized Foreign Ship with Smuggled Fuel

Iran Says it Seized Foreign Ship with Smuggled Fuel

Thursday, 19 May, 2022 - 07:00
The ship was carrying more than 550,000 liters of smuggled fuel, Iran said. Reuters file photo

Iranian authorities seized a foreign ship attempting to smuggle fuel out of the country and detained its crew, state new agency IRNA said on Wednesday.


The ship, carrying more than 550,000 liters of smuggled fuel, was seized in Gulf waters and escorted to harbor in the southern province of Hormozgan, where it was handed to judicial authorities for investigation, the agency added, according to Reuters.


"We were able to identify and detain a ship carrying smuggled fuel intended to transport large-scale smuggled fuel shipments east of Maru Island," chief of provincial border guards Hossein Dehaki said.


Several ships in recent months have been detained for smuggling fuel in the Gulf by Iranian authorities.


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