Report: Iran Seizes Foreign Ship in Gulf Smuggling Fuel, Detains 11 Crew Members

Iranian navy commander did not provide the ship's nationality or details on when it was seized, reports Iranian state media

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Iranian Revolutionary Guards have seized a foreign ship in Gulf waters for allegedly smuggling diesel, a Guards commander said on Saturday.

"A foreign ship, carrying smuggled diesel was seized," Iran's state broadcaster quoted Col. Ahmad Hajian, commander of the Naval Type 412 Zulfaqar in the southern Parsian county, as saying.

"After inspection, more than 150,000 litres of smuggled diesel were discovered," he added.

Hajian, who was identified by his last name only, said the ship's 11 crew members were detained for interrogation. He did not provide the ship's nationality or details on when it was seized.

Iran, which has some of the world's cheapest fuel prices due to heavy state subsidies and the fall of its currency, has been fighting rampant fuel smuggling by land to neighboring countries and by sea to Gulf Arab states.

It has frequently seized boats it says are being used for smuggling oil in the Gulf.

To protect Iran's economy, Hajian said, his unit would "deal decisively" with fuel smuggling in the sea.

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