Iranian oil tanker on fire after explosion off Saudi coast – reports

Crude oil tanker, Amjad, which was one of two reported tankers that were damaged in mysterious "sabotage attacks" this yearImage copyright AFP
Image caption Four ships, including the Saudi vessel Amjad (pictured above), were sabotaged earlier this year

An explosion has caused a fire on an Iranian tanker near the coast of Saudi Arabia, Iranian media reports say.

The unnamed vessel, which reportedly belongs to Iran’s national oil company (NOIC), was 60 miles (97km) from the Saudi port city of Jeddah when the incident took place, reports say.

The ship’s two main storage tanks are said to be damaged, spilling oil into the Red Sea, but no-one was injured.

The reported incident follows months of tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Last month, 18 drones and seven cruise missiles hit a major oil field and processing facility in Saudi Arabia, which blamed Iran for the attack.

And US officials said Iran was responsible for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf in June and July, as well as attacks on another four tankers in May.

Iran denied involvement in all the incidents.

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