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Syria-bound oil tanker detained in Gibraltar – UPDATE

Syria-bound oil tanker detained in Gibraltar – UPDATE

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Royal Marines have boarded an oil tanker on its way to Syria thought to be breaching EU sanctions, the government of Gibraltar has said. Authorities said there was reason to believe the ship – Grace 1 – was carrying Iranian crude oil to the Baniyas Refinery in Syria. The refinery is subject to European Union sanctions against Syria. Britain’s ambassador in Tehran, Robert Macaire, has been summoned over the incident. Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi was quoted on Iranian state TV as saying the ambassador had been summoned over the “illegal seizure” of the Iranian tanker. Gibraltar’s chief minister, Fabian Picardo, praised the marines who detained the ship. “Be assured that Gibraltar remains safe, secure and committed to the international, rules-based, legal order,” he said, thanking the police, customs and port authorities for their involvement in detaining the ship. Gibraltar port and law enforcement agencies detained the super tanker and its cargo on Thursday…
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