Britain Accuses Iran of Blocking Tanker’s Passage Through Strait of Hormuz

HeadlineJul 12, 2019

In the Persian Gulf, tensions are running high after Britain’s government accused Iran’s Navy of unsuccessfully trying to block passage of a British commercial ship through the Strait of Hormuz—a charge Iran denies. British authorities say the Iranian warships were stopped only after a U.K. navy vessel issued “verbal warnings.” This comes after police in Gibraltar say they arrested the captain and chief officer of a detained Iranian oil tanker accused of violating European Union sanctions against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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