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    Iran says oil tanker hit by two missiles, leaking crude into Red Sea

    Oct. 11 (UPI) -- An Iranian oil tanker was struck by a pair of rockets off the coast of Saudi Arabia in the Red Sea on Friday, Iranian officials said, the latest incident in the region after a summer of several similar strikes.

    The National Iranian Oil Company tanker, Sabity, was hit by rockets some 60 miles from the Saudi Arabian port city of Jeddah as it was passing through along the Red Sea, state-run IRNA reported.


    All crew aboard were safe and the ship is in stable condition only sustaining surface damage, but the vessel is leaking oil into the sea.


    According to officials, there were two explosions on the vessel, causing damage to its main tanks, Iran's semi-official Press TV reported.


    The reports were followed by an oil price spike of 2.1 percent to $60.33 a barrel.


    The incident follows drone strikes on Saudi Arabian oil facilities in mid-September that caused it to cut oil production, affecting markets worldwide.


    Houthi rebels in Yemen, who are fighting a civil war with Saudi Arabia, claimed credit for the attack but the United States blamed Iran.


    The United States has been applying a "maximum pressure" campaign against Tehran to force it back to the negotiating table concerning its nuclear program.


    Tensions between the two countries have increased in recent months amid several similar skirmishes in the region involving tankers.

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    I can't imagine who for the life of me would do such a thing to poor, innocent Iran.


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    Iran has geographical advantage to disrupt Saudi & allies traffic in the Arabian/Persian Gulf.
    In retaliation Saudi is flexing its muscle on Iranian sea traffic in the Red Sea. Is Iran gonna have to take the long way round Africa if they can't get through the Suez Canal?

    In the petty tit for tat it's a good thing neither side have Nukes.
    Oh wait... Apparently some people think it's a good idea for nations like these to have Nukes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plan B View Post
    Iran has geographical advantage to disrupt Saudi & allies traffic in the Arabian/Persian Gulf.
    Well Iran would be digging its own grave if it tries closing SoH.

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