TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard seized on Monday a ship in the Persian Gulf suspected of carrying smuggled fuel, state media reported.
The official IRNA news agency said the seized ship was carrying more than 1.3 million liters of fuel near Abu Musa Island at the mouth of the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
All 16 crew members, who are Malaysian nationals, were also detained, the report added. It did not say what country's flag the ship sailed under.
The Guard patrols the Iranian side of the Persian Gulf waters and has seized several ships in the area in the past year.
In July, Iran also seized a British-flagged oil tanker, amid high regional tensions over Tehran's collapsing nuclear deal with world powers. It also seized a United Arab Emirates-based oil tanker.