An Iranian oil tanker was reportedly hit by missiles close to the coast of Saudi Arabia

An Iranian oil tanker was reportedly hit by missiles close to the coast of Saudi Arabia

  • An Iranian oil tanker was hit by two missiles while sailing through the Red Sea close to the coast of Saudi Arabia Friday, Iranian media reported.
  • According to state news agency IRNA, the tanker, named as the Sabity, was hit while sailing around 60 miles from the Saudi Arabian port city of Jeddah. 
  • The cause or source of the incident is currently unclear, Iranian media reported. 
  • Iran’s ISNA news agency said that the incident was “likely a terrorist attack,” but did not provide any further details.
  • The incident took place just weeks after a pair of oil refineries in Saudi Arabia were hit by drone attacks, an incident that has been widely blamed on Iran.
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An Iranian oil tanker was hit by two missiles while sailing through the Red Sea close to the coast of Saudi Arabia Friday, Iranian media reported.

According to state news agency IRNA, the tanker, named as the Sabity, was hit by missiles while sailing around 60 miles from the Saudi Arabian port city of Jeddah. 

A statement from the National Iranian Oil Company said the tanker was hit by two separate missiles between 5: 00 a.m. and 5: 20 a.m. local time (12: 00 a.m. and 12: 20 a.m. ET).

“The main oil container of the ship was hit which resulted in oil spilling into the Red Sea,” the statement read as published by ISNA news agency

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The incident was also confirmed by Iranian TV network Press TV, which tweeted: “Iranian tanker set ablaze near Saudi #Jeddah possibly after being hit by 2 missiles.”

Iranian news reports said that “only the body of the ship” was damaged in the incident, citing the Public Relations and International Affairs Department of National Iranian Oil Company.

This photo released by the official news agency of the Iranian Oil Ministry, SHANA, shows Iranian oil tanker Sabiti traveling through the Red Sea Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. Two missiles struck the Iranian tanker Sabiti traveling through the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia on Friday, Iranian officials said, the latest incident in the region amid months of heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S. (SHANA via AP)

This photo released by the official news agency of the Iranian Oil Ministry, SHANA, shows Iranian oil tanker Sabiti traveling through the Red Sea Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.
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“Fortunately, all crew on board are safe and sound and the ship is in a stable condition,” IRNA said.

Investigators are working to determine the cause or source of the incident, it added.

The incident, which according to ISNA news agency is currently under investigation but “likely a terrorist attack,” took place just weeks after a pair of oil refineries in Saudi Arabia were hit by drone attacks, an incident that has been widely blamed on Iran.

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On September 14, Abqaiq, the site of Aramco’s largest oil processing plant, was struck by drones, an attack that was then followed by a second which started fires in the nearby Khurais oilfield.

The attacks were likely launched from inside Iran, according to both the US and Saudi Arabia, but Tehran has consistently denied any involvement in the incident, saying they were carried out by Yemeni Houthi rebels.

The price of oil spiked on the news, with West Texas Intermediate crude, the US benchmark, jumping more than 1.3% to $54.57 per barrel, according to Markets Insider data.

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