High tension in the waters of the Strait of Hormuz, where the Islamic Republic seized a commercial ship with 34 sailors onboard taking them towards Larak island. The interception had occurred following the violation of of Iranian territorial waters, and the captain of the “Maersk Tigris” initially had opposed resistance claiming to be in international waters. To unleash the first misunderstandings was the broadcaster alArabya that initially gave the news of the seizure of a US vessel.
The Islamic Republic had launched several gunfire shots and it was at that point that the commercial ship launched the SoS picked up by the U.s. naval forces in the vicinity.The vessel, which had been stopped by Iranian forces in the Gulf waters hosting the flag of the Marshall Islands, belongs to the fleet of international shipping company Maersk, the Danish multinational based in Copenhagen. The claim by the Pentagon-the Cnbc-according to which the mercantile ship had been approached.
Translation provided by Marina Stronati