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‘Explosion’ on Iranian Oil Tanker Off Saudi Coast

An explosion has caused a fire on an Iranian tanker near the coast of Saudi Arabia, Iranian media say.

Iran’s national oil company (NOIC) claims  that the explosion occurred after the tanker was hit by “missiles”.

The ship’s two main storage tanks were said to be damaged, causing an oil spill into the Red Sea, but no-one was injured.

The vessel, from Iran’s national oil company (NOIC), was 60 miles (97km) from the Saudi port city of Jeddah when the incident took place, reports said.

Iranian state TV identified the ship as the oil tanker Sinopa. The maritime vessel tracking firm Tanker Trackers said the tanker was regularly used to ferry oil to the Syrian government, despite international sanctions.

The incident came amid heightened tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

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