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Iran navy thwarts ‘pirate attack’ on oil tanker in Gulf of Aden – report

Iran’s Navy has reportedly thwarted an tried “pirate assault” on an oil tanker crusing for the Gulf of Aden, south of Yemen and previous the Purple Sea, Iranian media has reported.
4 boats, every carrying six armed pirates have been en-route to hijacking the tanker, which was heading for the Bab-el Mandeb Strait, however they have been warded off by an Iranian Navy squad aboard the vessel, in response to Iran’s semi-official Tasnim News Agency.

The report claimed the pirates tried to hijack the vessel however have been scared off by the warning pictures, which is consistent with many tried pirate assaults.

This isn’t the one reported occasion of Iranian naval forces repelling pirate assaults on their ships within the area. In mid-October, state tv reported that 5 pirate ships attacked two oil tankers, however have been scared away by Iranian forces.

The Bab-el Mandeb Strait is likely one of the most important waterways on the planet. Flowing into the Purple Sea, it’s dominates probably the most vital international transport routes and its slender passages make it a major spot for pirate assaults, as does its proximity to the Somali coast, from the place many pirates within the area originate.

BAB-EL MANDEB, a key maritime chokepoint between the Arabian peninsula and African continent, was a focal point of Somali piracy. (credit: Wikimedia Commons)BAB-EL MANDEB, a key maritime chokepoint between the Arabian peninsula and African continent, was a focus of Somali piracy. (credit score: Wikimedia Commons)

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The UK Maritime and Commerce Group (UKMTO) stated in its quarterly report that pirate assaults have been down, although non-piracy incidents (corresponding to drone strikes) have been on the rise. The UKMTO tends to solely file engagements and never incidents through which pirates have been warded off. 

These assaults are usually carried out by quick boats that draw alongside the a lot bigger vessels and the pirates then climb aboard utilizing ladders. They then take management of the ship and the crew in search of a ransom.

Piracy has declined dramatically in recent times as a result of presence of armed safety guards aboard vessels, in addition to the presence of pleasant naval forces within the space.

Iran additionally claims that its navy has elevated its presence within the space to guard transport, Tasnim reported.

It has additionally been sending extra oil tankers by the Purple Sea in the direction of Lebanon to supply oil to attempt to alleviate the  ongoing gasoline disaster on the behest of Iran-backed terror group Hezbollah, although this has been opposed by the Lebanese authorities, who take into account it a breach of its personal sovereignty.

Tzvi Joffre and Reuters contributed to this report.

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