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Understanding the increase in attacks on ships in the Middle East

Naval tensions have increased dramatically since a series of incidents in 2019.

IRGC siezes ship near Bu Musa Island, Iran

Iran tells S.Korea not to politicize seized vessel; demands $7 billion

Iran has denied allegations that the seizure of the tanker and its 20-member crew amounted to hostage taking, and said it was Seoul that was holding Iran's funds "hostage."

By REUTERS
11/01/2021
A crew member raises the Iranian flag on Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1, previously named Grace 1

US-Iran-Venezuela tanker battle heats up

US officials said over the weekend they have a “high degree of certainty” that Maduro has been paying Iran in gold for the fuel.

UK tanker held in Iran leaves Bandar Abbas port

A spokesman for the ship's owner, Stena Bulk of Sweden, said on Friday that the vessel was preparing to leave.

By REUTERS
27/09/2019

Iranian tanker photographed off Syrian port Tartus: U.S. satellite firm

The blacklisted tanker, which is loaded with Iranian crude oil, sent the last signal giving its position between Cyprus and Syria sailing north at 15:53 GMT on Monday, Refinitiv data showed.

By REUTERS
07/09/2019

New Iranian tanker headed to Syria in violation of US sanctions - Report

“The vessel is now headed to Dubai, where it will refuel before beginning a months-long journey around the horn of Africa, through the Mediterranean and to the shores of Syria.”

A Spanish Civil Guard boat sails past Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 as it sits anchored after it was se

U.S. bid to seize Iranian tanker halts its release from Gibraltar

The Grace 1 oil tanker was seized by Royal Marine commandos in a landing in darkness off the coast of the British overseas territory on July 4.

By REUTERS
15/08/2019
Dominic Raab is seen at the Foreign and Commonwealth building after being appointed as the Foreign S

British, Iran tensions rise over seized tankers in the Gulf

Britain rejected the idea that it could release a Iranian tanker in exchange for a British-flagged vessel seized by the Islamic Republic in the Gulf.

By REUTERS
29/07/2019

Iran condemns UK during meeting with Oman's foreign minister

Iran has already seized a UK tanker in response and London has said it will attempt to protect its ships from more Iranian harassment.

An Iranian Officer of Revolutionary Guards with Israel flag drawn on his boots

Iran and Israel share barbs over Twitter

Also on Sunday, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has ordered an investigation into a strike against a Popular Mobilization Force’s (PMF) base this past weekend.

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