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WorldIranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims

05:30  11 july  2019
05:30  11 july  2019 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

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Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims Iran's fast-attack craft, the type repeatedly used to harass ships in the Persian Gulf. Five Iranian gunboats failed in an attempt to seize a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf on Wednesday, according to US officials cited in a CNN report.

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) forces ordered a British oil tanker to alter its route in the Strait of Hormuz and tried to force it near Iranian-controlled waters, according to CNN. But the HMS Montrose, a UK Royal Navy frigate, was escorting the oil tanker and pointed its weapons on the IRGC vessels.

The HMS Montrose verbally warned the Iranian forces, who then backed off, CNN reported. US aircraft observed and recorded the incident, CNN said.

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The incident follows increased tensions between Iran and the UK. On Wednesday, Iran threatened to seize UK tankers, which have recently been escorted by the HMS Montrose and a minehunter travelling through the Strait of Hormuz.

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Iran's threats came after British Royal Marines seized an Iranian tanker suspected of violating the European Union's sanctions byshipping about 2 million barrels of crude oil to Syria.

"You [Britain] are the initiator of insecurity and you will realise the consequences later," Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said to a state-sponsored news agency on Wednesday.

"Now you are so hopeless that, when one of your tankers wants to move in the region, you have to bring your frigates because you are scared," Rouhani added. "Then why do you commit such acts? You should instead allow navigation to be safe."

The US Defence Department said it "was aware" of the reports and referred the matter to the Royal Navy. The Royal Navy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"We are aware of the reports of [the IRGC's] harassment and attempts to interfere with the passage of the UK-flagged merchant vessel British Heritage today near the Strait of Hormuz," Navy Capt. Bill Urban said to INSIDER.

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Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy, new report claims
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