Ships that probably belong to Iran's armed forces, shot directly at a tanker in the Persian Gulf on Thursday. The tanker is operated by a company with ties to Norway.
The company South Maritime Ltd, which owns the Singapore-registered tanker, stated that it was first fired warning shots from the supposed Iranian ships.
The captain of the tanker chose to ignore the shots and the order to halt in international waters. When he instead headed for the United Arab Emirates, shots were fired directly at the tanker, according to a statement from South Maritime Ltd.
No one aboard the ship Alpine Eternity, operated by the company TransPetrol, were injured in the incident.
- The ship has come to Jebel Ali and is safe. There have been no reports of injuries, said a spokesman for TransPetrol office in Norway on Thursday.
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir believes Iran's attack on the tanker is a clear violation of international law. Al-Jubeir spoke about the case of the Arab-American summit at Camp David in the United States.
Similar confrontations between Iran's navy and merchant vessels has happened several times in recent weeks, and the US Department of Defense believes the events give cause for concern.
- This is something we continue to monitor, as we are concerned, said Pentagon spokesman Steven Warren.
The reason for the shooting on Thursday, supposedly have been that Alpine Eternity ran into an Iranian oil rig in March. Iranian authorities believe the vessel is obliged to pay compensation, according to US officials.
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