Report of an explosion aboard a National Iranian Oil Company Tanker Sinopa carrying 1 million barrels, sailing in the Red Sea near Jiddah.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s state-run news agency and other media say an explosion has struck an Iranian oil tanker off the coast of Saudi Arabia.
There was no immediate acknowledgement from the kingdom of this amid heightened tensions across the Middle East.
The state-run IRNA news agency and other Iranian media relied on an online report, while the semi-official ISNA news agency quoted an anonymous source with direct knowledge.
All reports said the explosion happened on Friday off the coast of Jiddah on the Red Sea.
🇮🇷 Iranian oil tanker #Sinopa was hit by an explosion in the red sea near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where experts on board the vessel likely that the explosion was the result of a terrorist act. pic.twitter.com/Susi7X0wuG
— INTELSky (@Intel_Sky) October 11, 2019
Two separate explosions in Iranian oil #tanker, today at 5 & 5:20am in Red Sea 60 miles from Jeddah of #SaudiArabia is possibly as a result of #missile strike. Two main oil tanks have been damaged, but the vessel is in a stable condition & all personnel are safe: #Iran's NITC PR.
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