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U.S. Navy Scrambles After ‘Attack’ on Oil Tankers in the Gulf of Oman

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Oil tankers attacked in Gulf

Two oil tankers have been rocked by explosions in the Gulf of Oman, according to reports, just one month after the U.S. blamed Iran for allegedly sabotaging four other tankers in the region.

The two tankers were allegedly hit Thursday off the coast of the United Arab Emirates—the same area where the other four tankers were supposedly targeted last month. The U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet confirmed it was assisting the two vessels after what it called a “reported attack,” without elaborating on the extent of the damage or the cause of the explosions.

The National—an English-language newspaper based in the UAE—identified one of the ships as the MT Front Altair. The tanker is reportedly “on fire and adrift,” but all 23 crew members are believed to have been rescued. A spokesperson for Taiwan’s state oil refiner CPC, which chartered the tanker, said it was “suspected of being hit by a torpedo.”

TVNL Comment: Gulf of Tonkin, anyone?

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