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    This undated photo provided by Iranian state television's English-language service, Press TV, shows the Panamanian-flagged oil tanker MT Riah surrounded by Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels.

    Iran Frees 9 Indian Crew Members From Detained Panama-Flagged Tanker

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    Tensions Running High Between Iran, UK and US Amid Series of Tanker Seizure Incidents (25)
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    Last Thursday, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps reported arresting a foreign oil tanker carrying illegal cargo in the Persian Gulf amid the disappearance of a Panama-flagged oil ranker, MT Riah, from radars near the UAE.

    India's Foreign Ministry reported on Friday that Iran had released nine of twelve Indian crew members from a Panama-flagged oil tanker MT Riah detained on 14 July.

    Twenty-one Indian nationals still remain detained by Iran, three aboard the MT Riah and 18 on the UK-flagged Stena Impero that was also captured by Tehran last week.

    Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) reported seizing a foreign oil tanker with illegal cargo in the Persian Gulf on 14 July. Local media published a video showing two boats blocking the path of a larger vessel with the words "Riah" and "PANAMA" clearly seen on it.

    Panama's authorities later proceeded to withdraw its flags from the tanker citing "deliberately violated international regulations".

    Tensions have been running high in the Gulf region since Tehran captured the UK-flagged cargo ship Stena Impero citing violations of maritime rules. This comes against the backdrop of another incident involving the arrest of an Iranian supertanker off Gibraltar by the UK on suspicion it was carrying oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions on 4 July.

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    Tensions Running High Between Iran, UK and US Amid Series of Tanker Seizure Incidents (25)

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