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Two missiles strike Iranian tanker off Saudi coast

TWO missiles have slammed into an Iranian tanker off the Saudi Arabian coast.

Saudi Arabia, which has accused Iran of carrying out strikes against its tankers and of a drone attack on its oilfields that was claimed by the Houthi rebels it is fighting in Yemen, had not commented on today’s incident when the Morning Star went to press.

The US navy’s Fifth Fleet said it was “aware” of the incident but declined to add anything.

The strike is likely to further inflame tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia which, backed by the US and Israel, has pushed for war with its regional rival. The two countries are already embroiled in several conflicts. 

Iran supports the Houthi movement that Saudi Arabia is seeking to crush in Yemen with a brutal air war that has killed tens of thousands of civilians, while the Saudis have armed and funded jihadist militants fighting to overthrow the Syrian government, which Iran supports.

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