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Tanker headed for Syria detained in Gibraltar

British Royal Marines has stopped a VLCC vessel in Gibraltar because the ship, according to authorities, was headed to Syria carrying crude oil in violation of EU sanctions. Updated.

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Thursday, a VLCC carrying crude oil intended for Syria was detained in Gibraltar by the British Royal Marines and Gibraltar's customs authority, informs the local government. The shipment violates international sanctions, informs the government of Gibraltar.

Grace 1 was detained in the early hours of the morning in a joint operation between the British Royal Marines and local authorities. The detainment happened on suspicion that the vessel was carrying crude oil headed for Port Banyas in Syria.

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