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Blast in Iran tanker off Saudi coast

TEHRAN, October 11, 2019

An explosion has caused a fire on an Iranian tanker near the coast of Saudi Arabia, a BBC report quoting Iranian media said.
 
The vessel, belonging to Iran's national oil company (NOIC), was 60 miles (97km) from the Saudi port city of Jeddah when the incident took place, reports said.
 
The ship's two main storage tanks are said to be damaged, spilling oil into the Red Sea, but no-one was injured.
 
NOIC claimed the vessel was hit by missiles, but has not given evidence.
 
The incident comes amid heightened tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
 
Last month, drones and cruise missiles hit a major oil field and processing facility in Saudi Arabia, which blamed Iran for the attack.
 



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