Iran seizes vessel carrying 11 mln liters of smuggled fuel

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Iranian naval forces have seized a foreign-registered ship they said was smuggling fuel in the Arabian Gulf and arrested its crew, local media said Monday.

“The navy of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has seized a foreign tanker carrying 11 million liters of smuggled fuel,” said Mojtaba Ghahremani, the judiciary chief for Hormozgan province, according to the Tasnim news agency.

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It is not known when the vessel was seized, or what flag it sailed under.

In recent months Iran has announced several operations targeting fuel smuggling in the Arabian Gulf, where a large amount of the world’s oil is produced and shipped.

Iran has among the lowest petrol prices worldwide, which can make smuggling to other countries a lucrative business.

In September, Iran said it had seized another foreign vessel carrying 757,000 liters of smuggled fuel in the same area.

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