Iranian forces seized a ship in the Arabian Gulf, the US military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) said on Wednesday.
CENTCOM posted a video on Twitter that showed sailors rappelling onto the deck of a ship from a helicopter.
“Today in international waters, Iranian forces, including two ships and an Iranian Sea King helicopter, overtook and boarded a ship called the Wila,” CENTCOM, which oversees American troops in the region, said in the same tweet.
Today in international waters, Iranian forces, including two ships and an Iranian "Sea King" helicopter, overtook and boarded a ship called the 'Wila.' pic.twitter.com/455UQ5jwHT— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) August 12, 2020
CENTCOM did not provide any further details.
Iranian authorities and state media are yet to comment on the incident.
Maritime security firm Dryad Global said Wila is a Liberian-flagged ship owned by a Greek firm.
The incident took place near the Strait of Hormuz and the ship was eventually released by Iranian forces, Reuters cited an unnamed US official as saying.
The US military did not get involved and only monitored the situation, the official added.
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