Iran’s Coast Guard Seize Fuel Tanker and Arrest its 16 Malaysian Crew Members

The Coast Guard Suspect the Vessel was Used to Smuggle Fuel

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Iran’ Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has seized a ship and arrested its 16 Malaysian crew members, local media reported.

The Iranian authorities said the unnamed vessel was being used to smuggle more than 1.3 million liters of fuel.

The tanker was seized about 15 nautical miles from Abu Musa Island. The island is one of three islands in the southern Gulf under Iranian control. However, the island is claimed by the United Arab Emirates.

The IRGC’s naval commander for the region, Brigadier General Ali Ozmayi, said “This is the sixth ship smuggling fuel that (the IRGC) navy has confiscated.