Iranian tanker to leave Gibraltar late Sunday

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Iran’s ambassador to Britain said, the Iranian tanker caught in a stand-off between Tehran and the West is expected to leave Gibraltar on Sunday night,  hours after the British territory rejected a U.S. request to detain the vessel further.

British Royal Marines seized the tanker in Gibraltar in July on suspicion that it was carrying oil to Syria, a close ally of Iran, in violation of European Union sanctions. That triggered a series of events that have heightened tensions on international oil shipping routes through the Gulf.

“The vessel is expected to leave tonight,” envoy Hamid Baeidinejad said on Twitter, adding that two engineering teams had been flown to Gibraltar.

 

Zainab Sa’id