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Supposed Missile Attack Hits Iranian Oil Tanker Near Saudi Shores

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Supposed Missile Attack Hits Iranian Oil Tanker Near Saudi Shores

File photo of Iranian oil tanker SABIITI, formerly known as Sanandaj, which caught fire on Oct. 11, 2019 near the Saudi port city of Jeddah in the Red Sea (Via Marine Traffic)

2 separate explosions, possibly caused by missile attacks, hit an Iranian oil tanker operated by the National Iranian Tanker Company near the Saudi port city of Jeddah, Iran’s Press TV reported.

According to the state-run channel, the incident took place some 96 km from Jeddah early on October 10.

“A statement by NITC said the SABITI tanker was hit by two separate explosions at 5:00 and 5:20 am Friday, probably after being struck by missiles.

It said the crew members are currently safe and none of them has been harmed in the explosions. The tanker is currently in a stable condition, the statement added.

The NITC later dismissed the reports that the vessel has caught fire, according to the Iranian Ministry of Petroleum’s official news agency SHANA,” Press TV says.

The Iranian Students News Agency citing anonymous sources said that technical experts are currently investigating the cause of the explosion. They supposedly believe it was a “terrorist attack”.

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  • Pave Way IV

    We – the US – backstabbed the Hmong, South Vietnamese, Afghanis, FSA head-choppers, Syrian Kurds, etc., then abandoned all of them to their fate.

    Guess what, Israel? YOU’RE f’king next. See ya… Good luck with the Persians!

    Netanyahu: Wait… what??
    Rouhani: [to Netanyahu] What an idiot… even I warned you about hiding behind the Americans’ skirts, you worthless parasite. Oh well… let’s do this. You’re about to run out of oil real soon. Hope you got some stored up.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9ada202c0c8162e4dff7baeb4bad8043c1fa11cab33717913abf7cd1364e679e.jpg

    • Ishyrion Av

      Yes, that would be finally a respectable gesture, but it won’t happen simply because US is Israel’s hand and not viceversa.

  • ruca

    Sodomy of Arabia. Get ready for blowback you table clothe on head wearing bastards.

    • Garga

      I’m not saying that Iran did it, but Karma is a very impatient bitc#, ’cause withing days of:

      An Iranian oil platform in the Persian Gulf catches fire, suddenly a refinery in Philadelphia burns.
      An Iranian UAV base in Syria’s T4 is attacked, a military base near Tel Aviv goes to sky.
      An Iranian train derails due to saboutage, a shiny new train station in Jaddah burns to the ground.

      Not going back further, to for example a surprise surge in a specific nationality’s mortality rate after assassination of Iranian scientists.

      Karma used to respond just when there were lives lost, Apparently she’s getting pretty fed up now. What she’ll do for this tanker?

      I’m definitely not saying Iran had or has anything to do with them.

      • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

        Hopefully she kills MBS lol

      • Ishyrion Av

        Hey Garga, give us some links, this karma is very entertaining too :)

        • Garga

          Sure. It might take a day or two but I’ll dig in my older comments (all the related news were in the SF articles) and post them in a new comment.

      • verner

        mossad mossad mossad in an all out attempt to make it plausible that Iran is behind these irritating incidents. israel desperate to involve the unhinged states of assh..les (aka usa) before the morons call it a day and decides to try the old isolationism (in moderation of course).

  • verner

    mossad mossad mossad is all that needs to be said.

    close down israel, israels demise won’t be missed by a vast majority of the worlds population and if the choice is between say iran and israel, israel is by far the easiest and quickest party to close down. there is no need of israel anywhere. useless bunch of thieves, murderers and land-grabbing ethnical cleansing scum.

  • Damien C

    Having major difficulty believing the House of Saud was behind this attack.

    They’re still in a state of shock after the Houthis handed them their arse in a cap and struggling with their own oil production restoration projects to be risking more of the same. They’ve also issues with Qatar and UAE to be busy with so such a public statement of intent by attacking the tanker is questionable.

    That only leaves the usual suspect famed for its unseen hand across the region

  • Dick Von Dast’Ard

    I think we have a number of extract the urine type games being played out in the region, by all players and actors.

  • Garga

    The spokesman for the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abbas Mousavi said in a press conference that preliminary investigation by NITC shows that the ship was targeted twice withing half hours of the first attack. The source of attack was very close to the corridor in which the tanker was in.
    The ship is stable and no one is hurt but 2 tanks are raptured and oil is spilling in the sea. Naturally all the consequences of this attack, environmentally included on the perpetrators.
    There was several destructive acts towards Iranian crude tankers in the Red sea in the past months and we are assessing their relation.

    Investigations are ongoing and further information will be provided.

  • Free man

    False flag. The cowardly Saudis didn’t respond to the Iranian attack on their oil fields, so the Iranians fabricated an attack on their tanker.

  • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

    I hope whoever did this dies a very slow painful death

  • Lazy Gamer

    Somebody is trying to start open war in the middle east. lol I am disappointed in the supposed lack of immediate recon or sueveillance in that waterway. In that 20minute time frame not a single satelite/drone/recon plane was pointed on the ship? Or is it the lack of it that is revealing? lol

  • verner

    now that trump is unwilling to engage more decidedly in the middle east I suppose the squatters are getting desperate and that they are prepared to do whatever it takes to make trump change his mind – apparently the ship was hit but it seems the result wasn’t as bad as it could have been. loaded going where? or in ballast going south? hard to say but for the future the bab al-mandab straight can become a chokepoint for the saudi vessels heading east after loading in the red sea. I doubt the Iranian vessel had discharged a cargo into the Sumed pipeline so it’s presence in the red sea would be a bit mysterious.