Iranian-backed forces are believed to have seized an oil tanker off the coast of the UAE-Developing
⚡️“Iranian-backed forces believed to have SEIZED TANKER” - A “potential HIJACK” situation as 4 vessels “lose control” (Report)
Iranian-backed forces are believed to have seized an oil tanker off the coast of the UAE, according to Reuters – the incident follows a suspected drone attack on an Israeli-linked vessel last week, blamed on Iran.
Happening now in the Gulf of Oman:
▪️A group of 8 or 9 ARMED individuals have boarded a vessel named the Asphalt Princess (Sky News citing security source)
▪️The UK Maritime Trade Operations called the incident a “potential hijack” off the coast of the UAE
▪️At least 4 vessels have sent out warnings they have “lost control” of steering (AP)
▪️Oil tankers Queen Ematha, Golden Brilliant, Jag Pooja, and Abyss all reported that they were “not under command” – according to MarineTraffic.com – typically meaning a vessel has lost power and cannot steer
▪️Tehran called reports 'suspicious' and warned of 'false atmosphere' against Iran.