The explosion damaged two of the tanker’s reservoirs, ISNA said, and oil is currently spilling into the Red Sea.
The tanker (‘SINOPA’ – CRUDE OIL TANKER), which belongs to the National Iranian Oil Company, was 96 kilometers (60 miles) offshore of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, when the explosion occurred.
Iranian “technical experts” believe the explosion was a “terrorist attack,” ISNA said.
The tanker, built in 1999, was traveling to the Suez Canal when its hull was breached due to “an explosion in the cargo tanks area,” that it is owned by the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC).
Tehran has confirmed that an Iranian-owned oil tanker, the Sinopa, was attacked in the Red Sea, and that the mysterious strike caused an oil spill. The vessel was reportedly hit by two missiles.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Friday said that the tanker was “struck twice in half an hour from the eastern side of the Red Sea,” but did not elaborate on the type of missile or munition used in the attack. The incident reportedly occurred 60 miles from the Saudi port of Jeddah.
“Those behind the attack are responsible for the consequences of this dangerous adventure, including the dangerous environmental pollution caused,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi told state media.
The alleged missile strike resulted in heavy damage to the vessel’s two main tanks, causing oil to spill into the Red Sea.
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