Iranian Warships Rescue Indian Oil Tanker in Red Sea

TEHRAN (FNA)- Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Navy for Operations Admiral Siyavash Jarreh announced on Sunday that the Navy’s 30th fleet of warships has rescued an Indian oil tanker from a pirate attack in the Red Sea.

“The Indian Jok Jok oil tanker was attacked by 7 pirate boats in the Red Sea this morning, but they failed due to the timely action of the 30th Flotilla,” Admiral Jarreh said on Sunday.

He noted that the Indian oil tanker was not damaged in the attack and it safely headed towards its destination.

The Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008, when Somali raiders hijacked the Iranian-chartered cargo ship, MV Delight, off the coast of Yemen.

According to UN Security Council resolutions, different countries can send their warships to the Gulf of Aden and coastal waters of Somalia against the pirates and even with prior notice to Somali government enter the territorial waters of that country in pursuit of Somali sea pirates.

The Gulf of Aden – which links the Indian Ocean with the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea – is an important energy corridor, particularly because Persian Gulf oil is shipped to the West via the Suez Canal.



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