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Iran has seized a British-registered oil tanker with 23 crew in the Strait of Hormuz.
The Stena Impero was passing through the bottle neck into the Persian Gulf when it turned dramatically to the north at 4pm, UK time.
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The vessel was surrounded by heavily-armed small craft and a helicopter and ordered to turn north.
The vessel had left Fujairah in Dubai and moved into the Strait of Hormuz when it was intercepted.
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According to Iranian state TV, the Stena Impero tanker 'was confiscated by the Revolutionary Guards at the request of Hormozgan Ports and Maritime Organisation when passing through the strait of Hormuz, for failing to respect international maritime rules.'
The Foreign Office said it was seeking further information about the fate of the vessel and its crew.
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It is understood the British-flagged tanker was surrounded by small craft and helicopters and ordered to turn north into Iranian waters.
A statement from Stena Bulk, the company which...
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