Oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman boarded by ‘unauthorised’ men in military uniforms | World News

Oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman boarded by ‘unauthorised’ men in military uniforms | World News

Oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman boarded by ‘unauthorised’ men in military uniforms | World News

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An oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman was boarded by “armed unauthorised persons” in military uniforms on Thursday morning, an advisory group run by the British military and a private intelligence firm warned.

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKTMO), which provides warnings to sailors in the Middle East, said the incident began early in the morning in waters between Oman and Iran in an area transited by ships coming in and out of the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf through which a fifth of all oil traded passes.

UKTMO described receiving a report from the ship’s security manager of hearing “unknown voices over the phone” alongside with the ship’s captain.

It said it was unable to make further contact with the vessel and that the authorities were investigating the incident.

The incident began early on Wednesday morning in waters between Oman and Iran, in an area where ships coming in and out of the Strait of Hormuz pass through.

A significant proportion of the global oil trade passes through the Strait of Hormuz, despite the fact that in recent years waters around the strait have seen a series of ship seizures by Iran since the collapse of the country’s nuclear deal.

Iran and Oman did not immediately acknowledge the boarding.

The development comes amid high tensions in the nearby Red Sea, where attacks by Houthi rebels based in Yemen are disrupting shipping.

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Oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman boarded by ‘unauthorised’ men in military uniforms | World News

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