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UK NewsIran says it will release seven of the 23 crew members on board the captured British tanker Stena Impero on 'humanitarian grounds'

16:25  04 september  2019
16:25  04 september  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Iran announced the capture of one British -flagged ship in the narrow Strait of Hormuz on Friday, and US officials said that a second had also been seized.

Iran ’s Revolutionary Guards claimed to have taken the British -flagged Stena Impero into port with its 23 -strong crew , and Iranian officials The Stena Impero ’s owners however, said the ship had been “approached by unidentified small crafts and a helicopter during transit of the strait of Hormuz while

Iran is set to release seven of the 23 crew members on board the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero which was seized by Tehran's Revolutionary Guards seven weeks ago.

The seven sailors, who are Indian nationals, are set to be freed on humanitarian grounds with the ship still idling at the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas.

Tehran said it had 'no problem with the crew and the captain' and had seized the ship on legal grounds, although it was widely seen as retaliation for Britain's capture of the Iranian tanker Grace 1 off Gibraltar two weeks earlier.

The shipping row sent Middle East tensions spiralling alarmingly, although the situation has calmed since the Grace 1, now renamed the Adrian Darya 1, was freed by Gibraltar's government.

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Iran ’s capture of the tanker and its 23 crew came two weeks after Royal Marines siezed an Iranian tanker off Gibraltar, on suspicion of shipping oil to Syria in Iran ’s official Irna news agency said the impounded Stena Impero had been detained after colliding with a fishing boat, whose crew notified

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Iran says it will release seven of the 23 crew members on board the captured British tanker Stena Impero on 'humanitarian grounds' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Iran is set to release seven of the 23 crew members on board the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero (pictured) which was seized by the Revolutionary Guards seven weeks ago

Erik Hanell, CEO of the Swedish shipping group Stena Bulk that owns the ship, said it was not immediately clear when the seven sailors would be freed.

'Their ordeal may soon be over, and they may return to their families, however, we cautiously await official confirmation of their release date,' he said.

He called it a 'positive step on the way to the release of all the remaining crew, which has always been our primary concern and focus'.

The remaining 16 crew members are to stay onboard the vessel.

Foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi told Iranian state TV today that the crew members were being released under Iran's 'humane policy'.

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The seizure of the Stena Impero comes two weeks after Royal Marines helped seize tanker Grace 1 off Gibraltar, because of evidence it He said the detention of the Grace 1 tanker carrying Iranian oil two weeks earlier ought to have served as a warning that British vessels in the Gulf needed protection.

'We have no problem with the crew and the captain and the issue is violations that the vessel committed,' he said.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards seized the British tanker Stena Impero on July 19 after issuing a series of threats to UK shipping.

Iran says it will release seven of the 23 crew members on board the captured British tanker Stena Impero on 'humanitarian grounds' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Some of the Stena's crew members are seen on board the ship days after it was captured Iran says it will release seven of the 23 crew members on board the captured British tanker Stena Impero on 'humanitarian grounds' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A close-up of the vessel shows top of the oil tanker, which was originally headed toward the Saudi Arabian city of Jubail, idling in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas in July

It sent Middle East tensions ratcheting up again in the wake of several mysterious explosions on Gulf ships and angry rhetoric over Iran's nuclear ambitions.

President Hassan Rouhani warned the West that 'throughout history, Iran has been and will be the main guardian of security and free navigation' in the Gulf.

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Capture video released . The Swedish operator of the British -flagged Stena Impero said the tanker and its 23 crew members remained in Iran 's Bandar Iran 's semi-official INSA news agency quoted Bandar Abbas port spokesman Morad Afifipur as saying the Stena collided with an Iranian fishing

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Iran claimed the Stena had been seized for flouting maritime laws after supposedly hitting a fishing boat and switching off its distress signal.

However, a spokesman for Iran's Guardian Council undermined that claim, saying that 'the rule of reciprocal action is well-known in international law'.

Gibralatar had seized the Grace 1 on July 4, claiming it was heading to Syria in violation of EU sanctions.

Iran paraded the Stena's crew and Britain and America both beefed up their military presence in the Middle East in response to the shipping crisis.

Experts have warned that a crisis in the critical Strait of Hormuz could endanger the world's oil supply.

Gibraltar, which had seized the Grace 1 on July 4, allowed the tanker to leave after Tehran gave assurances that the oil would not be delivered to Syria.

Iran says it will release seven of the 23 crew members on board the captured British tanker Stena Impero on 'humanitarian grounds' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited On deck: The Stena is seen with an Iranian Revolutionary Guard boat beside it after it was captured in July Iran says it will release seven of the 23 crew members on board the captured British tanker Stena Impero on 'humanitarian grounds' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Iran's capture of the Stena was widely seen as retaliation for Britain's seizure of the Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 (pictured), now renamed the Adrian Darya 1

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last month called Gibraltar's decision 'very unfortunate', in an implicit rebuke to Britain.

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'If that ship again heads to Syria, we will take every action we can consistent with those sanctions to prevent that,' Pompeo warned.

'We have made clear that anyone who touches it, anyone who supports it, anyone who allows a ship to dock is at risk of receiving sanctions from the United States.'

Washington wants the tanker detained because it says the vessel has links to Iran's Revolutionary Guards, which it has designated a terrorist organisation.

Tehran said any U.S. move to seize the vessel again would have 'heavy consequences'.

Tensions over Iran's nuclear ambitions have also been heightening as Tehran moves ever further away from its 2015 nuclear deal.

After Donald Trump quit the nuclear deal in 2018, the U.S. administration reimposed tough sanctions on Iran, which retaliated by increasing its enrichment of uranium beyond limits set in the nuclear accord.

Trump called off air strikes against Iran at the last minute in June after the Islamic republic downed a U.S. drone.

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