U.S. officials told Fox News that the crew of one of the two affected oil tankers damaged outside the Persian Gulf was detained by Iranians on Thursday after being rescued by another merchant ship.
The crew of the previous Altair was first rescued by Hyundai Dubai, according to US officials, but Iranian cannibals quickly bypassed the ship and asked the crew to be surrendered. Eventually, the captain gave up and ordered his crew to surrender
The 23 crew members held in Iran. It is not immediately clear what the next steps are.
Photographs and footage from the Iranian press television in English showed the crew members saying they were all "in full health." The twenty-two crew members who apparently were in the Iranian southern port town of Bandar-dzsk appear to have seen the speech of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
"This video rejects false messages from some media claiming Iran has avoided helping sailors working on the ship," the press said without specifying. They added that 11 of the crew were Russian, 11 Filipino and one Georgian
United States. officials say that all 21 Kukuka Courage sailors, the other tanker who was hit, have been treated and returned to their ship and are preparing to pull the navigational ship back into the harbor after being rescued by the US rocket launcher Bainbridge. 19659003] USS Mason, another missile disrupter, was sent to the scene to ensure that the Iranian ships would stay away from all merchant ships. Incidents occurred about 20 miles from the Iranian coast near the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic waterway where 20% of world oil passes every year.
State Secretary Mike Pompeo accused Iran of attacking the two tankers. 19659003] THE TRAP CLEAR THREAD FOR THE HUMANS OF THE FULL TANKS AFTER THE WATER WATER VIDEO MAKES THE IRAN BOAT REMOVING THE MINIMUM This is based on the intelligence, the weapons used, the last such Iranian attacks on shipping and the fact that none of the substitute groups operating in the area have the resources and skills to operate with such a high degree, Pompeo told the State Department on Thursday afternoon.
Late Thursday night, US military released a video showing the Iranian Islamic Revolution. the guard boat that removed the unexploded mine from the shell of the other tanker – a Japanese vessel – damaged in the Gulf of Oman after the Japanese Prime Minister visited Tehran.
President Trump followed Pompeo's charges by directing his finger to Iran.
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