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Khomeinist regime claims its oil tanker was attacked in the Red Sea, but was it?

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By The Free Iranian Staff

Iran said Friday two missiles struck one of its oil tankers traveling through the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia. The mysterious attack which has yet to be confirmed or corroborated spiked oil prices amid months of intense tensions over the following the Khomeinist regime’s own attacks on the Saudi Aramco oil facilities in early September.

Saudi Arabia and Egypt could not confirm any such attack. Tehran’s own state media outlets put out photos of what is now known to have been from a June incident where two oil tankers issued distress calls at the Gulf of Oman near the strategic strait of Hormuz.  The photo is from another incident in June when tankers Kouka Couragues and Front Altair were attacked in the Gulf of Oman.

In June, Kouka Couragues and Front Altair tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman.

Iran’s state broadcaster IRIB also distributed four photos of the supposedly struck tanker, to various international news agencies. None of the photos however, show any damage. In fact, one of the photos shows the tanker sailing.

Tehran claimed the attack occurred at approximately 5 a.m., damaging two storerooms aboard the oil tanker Sabiti, state media reported. The Islamic regime’s news agency IRNA also claimed that said attack caused a small an oil leak into the Red Sea near the Saudi port city of Jiddah, but that it was later stopped.

Data from MarineTraffic.com showed that Sabiti turned on its tracking devices late Friday morning in the Red Sea, pinpointing its location at approximately 130 kilometers (80 miles) southwest of the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah. The data firm Refinitiv reported that the ship is transporting 1 million barrels of crude oil, and is headed towards Iran’s Larak island port in the Persian Gulf. 

The Sabiti last turned on its tracking devices in August around the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas. Iranian tankers have now begun to frequently shut off their tracking beacons  as U.S. sanctions target the sale of Iran’s crude oil.

Not even photos released by The Iran Petroleum Ministry’s showed damage to the tanker, Sabiti. Satellite images covering the Red Sea and the general area showed no visible smoke.

 





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