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Tanker released after attack in Hormuz

Vessels should exercise caution in the Strait of Hormuz, several parties warn after a Chinese-operated ship was allegedly forced into Iranian waters and subsequently released four hours later.

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Yet another attack has allegedly taken place in the Strait of Hormuz, where Chinese-operated tanker vessel SC Taipei was boarded by armed men and forced into Iranian waters, report both security firm Dryad Global and UK trade organization UKMTO.

Tuesday, the vessel, sailing under Hong Kong flag, was anchored and awaiting its further sailing to al-Jubail in Saudi Arabia, when it was allegedly attacked by armed men and forced into Iranian waters. Approximately four hours later, the vessel and its 22 Chinese seafarers were released again. According to sources, no one was injured.

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