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    Attack on Tankers in Gulf of Oman (61)

    Earlier in the day, Iranian IRNA news agency reported that the country's rescue services saved 44 sailors from tankers after a reported attack and took them to the Iranian port of Jask.

    According to contradictory reports, the Front Altair oil tanker, belonging to Norway’s Frontline company, has sunk after being reportedly attacked in the Gulf of Oman.

    The company's spokesman denied media reports that the oil tanker has sunk, saying that it was still afloat but on fire, while Iran's IRNA news agency and Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen broadcaster claimed that the tanker submerged into the waters of the Gulf.

    Though no confirmation has been provided so far, Taiwanese state energy company CPC said earlier in the day that its oil tanker delivering fuel from the Middle East had been hit by a torpedo.

    A representative of the Oman border guard, Nasser Selim, has confirmed to Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet that at least one oil tanker had suffered an attack in the Gulf of Oman.

    Earlier in the day, Iran's Press TV said that two successive blasts affected two oil tankers on Thursday morning in what was described as "attacks".

    The incident comes a month after another attack on vessels occurred in the Gulf of Oman. On 12 May, four oil tankers — two Saudi, one Emirati and one Norwegian — were targeted off the coast of Fujairah in what the UAE Foreign Ministry described as acts of sabotage.

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    • 23:22

      Iranian Mission to UN 'Categorically Rejects' US Claims Regarding Gulf of Oman Attacks

      An oil tanker is on fire in the sea of Oman, Thursday, June 13, 2019

      Iranian Mission to UN 'Categorically Rejects' US Claims Regarding Gulf of Oman Attacks

      In a Thursday statement, Iran's mission to the United Nations announced the country rejects the US claim that Tehran was responsible for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier in the day.
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    • 23:07

      US Navy Destroyer En Route to Oman Gulf in Wake of Oil Tankers Attacks - CENTCOM

      FILE PHOTO - The US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Mason.

      US Navy Destroyer En Route to Oman Gulf in Wake of Oil Tankers Attacks - CENTCOM

      US Central Command said that US military is ready to defend US interests including freedom of navigation, noting that Washington has no interest in engaging in a new conflict in the Middle East.
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    • 21:41

      Saudi FM Says Riyadh Has 'No Reason to Disagree' with Washington on Claim that Iran Was Behind Suspected Tanker Attacks

      Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said that Riyadh has "no reason to disagree with the secretary of state" in the wake of claims by US State Secretary Mike Pompeo that Iran was responsible for the suspected tanker attacks in Oman Gulf. "Iran has a history of doing this," Adel al-Jubeir claimed.

    • 19:39

      Senior Trump Administration Official Says Washington Discussing Options on How to Protect International Shipping in Gulf Region

      A senior Trump administration official said that Washington wants to ensure "freedom of navigation" in wake of the tanker attacks, adding that US is discussing options on how to protect international shipping in Gulf region, Reuters reported.

      Also, an official claimed that the tanker attacks could be tied to Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Tehran.

    • 19:33

      Saudi Energy Minister Condemns Attack on the Tankers, Says Riyadh to Protect Its Ports, Regional Waters

      Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih has condemned the attacks on two oil tankers and stressed that Saudi Arabia would take all necessary measures to protect its ports and regional waters, Saudi state news agency SPA reported.

    • 19:30

      Omani Oil Minister Says Saddened Over Explosions on Oil Tankers in Oman Gulf

      Explosions on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman are a saddening incident, Omani Oil Minister Mohammed Rumhi told Sputnik on Thursday.
      “It’s sad where ever such incidents happen anywhere in the world, but it saddens me more when it happens in our neighborhood," the minister said.

    • 18:22

      US Assesses Iran as Responsible for Oman Gulf Tanker Attacks - US Secretary of State Pompeo

      "It is the assessment of the United States government that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks that occurred in the Gulf of Oman today", Pompeo said.

      U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gestures during his and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's joint news conference after their talks in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, Russia May 14, 2019

      Iran Responsible for Tanker Attacks in Gulf of Oman - Pompeo

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States believes that Iran is behind Thursday's attacks on two tanker vessels in the Gulf of Oman, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a press briefing.
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    • 18:10

      Unexploded Device Reportedly Spotted on One of the Oil Tankers - US Source

      An unexploded device, believed to be a limpet mine, was reportedly found on the side of one of two oil tankers attacked earlier in the day in the Gulf of Oman, an unnamed US official told Reuters.

    • 16:23

      Kuwait Oil Tanker Company Affirms Readiness for Emergencies in Wake of Gulf of Oman Attack

      Kuwait Oil Tanker Company said Thursday, amid reports of an attack on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman, that it had taken all precautions and was ready to respond to emergencies.

      "The company has taken all the necessary preventive safety measures in order to ensure the safe operation of its navy," the company said, as quoted by the KUNA news agency.

      The state-run company added that its fleet had not been affected and all operations were running smoothly.

    • 16:02

      UNSC to Discuss Tanker Attacks in Gulf of Oman on Thursday - Diplomatic Source

      The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Thursday afternoon during closed consultations will address the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, a diplomatic source told Sputnik.

      "This issue will be discussed under the ‘other matters’ section during today’s consultations on Syria," the source said.

      The source noted that the mission of the United States requested to place the recent incident in the Gulf of Oman on the Security Council’s Thursday agenda.

    • 14:50

      Oil Tankers 'Attack' is Threat to Int'l Peace and Security - Kuwait's FM

    • 14:49

      Facts About Latest Oil Tankers Incident in Gulf of Oman

      An oil tanker is on fire in the sea of Oman, Thursday, June 13, 2019

      Suspected Oil Tanker Attack in Gulf of Oman: What We Know So Far

      The tensions in the Middle East are back up to boiling point after a second incident involving tankers along the world’s most important oil chokepoint. So, here’s a round-up of all the relevant news that broke this day.
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    • 14:40

      EU Gathering Data on Stricken Tankers in Gulf of Oman – Spokeswoman

      "We are gathering the information about this precise event… The region itself does not need further elements of destabilization… Our call continues to be for maximum restraint," Kocijancic told reporters.

    • 13:31

      Crew Transferred to Iranian Port of Bandar Abbas - Reports

    • 13:20

      US Assessing Situation Following Incidents With Oil Tankers - White House

      President Donald Trump "has been briefed on the attack on ships in the Gulf of Oman. The U.S. Government is providing assistance and will continue to assess the situation”, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.

    • 13:16

      Reports of Oil Tankers 'Attack' Worrying, Need to Establish Facts - German FM

      "The news that we have received .. is extremely worrying," said Maas at a news conference with his Albanian counterpart. "An escalation of the situation is dangerous, these are events that could lead to escalation. We need de-escalation and all sides must contribute to that," Maas said.

    • 13:04

      Aerial Footage of 'Attacked' Oil Tankers

      An oil tanker is on fire in the sea of Oman, Thursday, June 13, 2019

      WATCH Aerial Footage of 'Attacked' Oil Tankers in Gulf of Oman

      Earlier in the day, Iranian and Arabic media outlets reported that two successive blasts had hit two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman in what was described as "attacks" against the vessels.
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    • 13:03

      Russians Rescued After Oil Tankers Incident in Gulf of Oman Safe - Russian Embassy in Iran

      "Eleven [Russian] people, 10 men and one woman [were saved]. There are no injuries. They are safe. Document processing is currently underway," the spokesperson said.

    • 12:56

      Fire Extinguished at Japan-Leased Tanker Attacked in Gulf of Oman - Reports

      The crew of a tanker leased by a subsidiary of Japanese shipping company Kokuka Sangyo Ltd. has managed to put out the engine room fire that started after the vessel was attacked in the Gulf of Oman, the Kyodo news agency reported, citing the company's spokespeople

    • 11:47

      Oil Tanker Hit by Blast in Gulf of Oman Seems to Have Caused No Pollution - Shipping Firm

      "Of course we are investigating right now. The vessel is still on fire. There is a salvage tug alongside or near the vessel, which is still on fire … The vessel has not sunk as there was some speculation that it has sunk … There doesn’t appear to be any pollution at all", the spokesman said.

    • 11:16

      Blast-Hit Tanker Had 11 Russians on Board, All Were Evacuated - Frontline Shipping Company to Sputnik

      "We have 11 Russians on board, one Georgian and 11 Filipinos. All people [were] evacuated from the vessel … They are all well and safe," company spokesman Pat Adamson told Sputnik.

    • 11:02

      EU Calls for 'Maximum Restraint' After Oil Tankers Incident

    • 10:54

      It's Premature to Consider Blast on Oil Tanker 'an Attack' - Ship Management Company

      "So it was an explosion followed by a fire. Because we haven’t had a chance to talk to the crew in any detail … I think it will be premature for us to confirm that it was an attack," spokesman Pat Adamson told Sputnik.

    • 10:25

      Iranian Port Official Denies Claims That One Tanker Has Sunk - Reports

    • 10:23

      May's Spokesman Says UK Aware of Reports About Oil Tankers Incident, Seeking to Establish Facts

    • 10:18

      Iran Ready to Ensure Sea Routes Security After Oil Tankers Incident

      "The Iranian government is ready to cooperate for the sake of ensuring regional security, including the security of strategic sea routes," governmental spokesman Ali Rabiei said through the governmental Telegram channel.

    • 09:58

      Tehran Comments on Reported Oil Tanker Attack

      A picture obtained by AFP from Iranian State TV IRIB on June 13, 2019 reportedly shows smoke billowing from a tanker said to have been attacked off the coast of Oman, at un undisclosed location

      Iran Calls Reported Oil Tanker Attack in Gulf of Oman 'Suspicious'

      On Thursday morning, reports emerged that two tankers were damaged near the Strait of Hormuz. It comes at a time of heightened tensions in the Middle East and just a month after four vessels were affected in a similar incident off the Emirati coast.
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    • 09:44

      No Injuries Sustained On Board Tanker 'Attacked' With Three Explosions - Norwegian Maritime Authority

      "Three explosions on board the vessel were reported. The crew boarded a passing vessel and no injuries have been reported", the statement reads.


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