Iran reportedly seized two British-operated oil-tankers in the Straits of Hormuz Friday; escalating tensions between the US and the UK after President Trump confirmed the military shot-down an Iranian drone operating in the region.
“Iran seized two British-operated oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz Friday, marking a fresh escalation of tensions between Tehran and the West,” reports Fox News.
“Approximately an hour later, a Liberian-flagged tanker operated by a British company was also seized by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and was seen on maritime tracking services making a turn toward Iran,” adds Fox.
“I’m extremely concerned by the seizure of two naval vessels by Iranian authorities in the Strait of Hormuz,” UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt said in a statement on Friday.
“Our Ambassador in Tehran is in contact with the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to resolve the situation and we are working closely with international partners,” Hunt said. “These seizures are unacceptable. It is essential that freedom of navigation is maintained and that all ships can move safely and freely in the region.”
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