Iran rescues its oil tanker from pirate attack in Gulf of Aden: TV

10:05, April 07, 2010      

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Iran's Navy has rescued an Iranian oil tanker attacked by Somali pirates in the waters of Gulf of Aden, the local satellite Press TV reported Tuesday.

The Iran-Faraz oil tanker was sailing from the southern Iranian port city of Bushehr to Izmir in Turkey when it came under attack by four pirate boats, the report said without referring to the time of attack.

Iran-Faraz continued its journey towards Izmir after the pirates boats fled facing Iran's Navy, said Press TV.

The Iranian naval force has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the waters of the Gulf of Aden since November 2008. The last Iranian fleet was dispatched to the gulf in March, according to Press TV.

Each year about 20,000 vessels pass through the Gulf of Aden, which links Indian Ocean with Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea.

Escalating pirate hijackings have activated involvement of multi-coalition naval force to patrol the world's most dangerous waters.

Source: Xinhua


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