UAE Oil Tanker Missing for Two Days In Strait of Hormuz
A United Arab Emirates-owned and Panamanian-flagged oil tanker that was travelling through the Strait of Hormuz has been missing for two days after the vessel entered Iranian waters and stopped transmitting its location, the Associated Press reported. What happened to the ship remains unclear, but Capt. Ranjith Raja of the data firm Refinitiv told AP that the incident raises a “red flag” given the tanker never turned off its tracking device during its three months of voyages. Moreover, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday that the Islamic Republic would retaliate after the UK seized an Iranian oil tanker off the coast of Gibraltar last week. That vessel, which was carrying 2.1 million barrels of crude oil, was alleged by Britain to be heading to Syria, in breach of European Union sanctions. Oil tankers belonging to American allies were attacked off the coast of the UAE and in the Gulf of Oman in May and June, respectively, and the United States and its allies have placed blame on the Islamic Republic.