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Britain Urges Ships to Sail Away off Hormuz Strait

Sat 20 Jul 2019 | 03:11 PM
Ahmed Moamar

The British government has urged all ships that fly the Union Jack flag to avoid sailing in Hormuz Strait that links the Gulf with Arab Sea.

The Iranian authorities held yesterday a British tanker when it was en route from a Gulf port to the Western Europe.

A spokeswoman for the British government said that London is very concerned at the unacceptable steps taken by Tehran. She depicted seizing the tanker as threat to freedom of the international navigation in the international waters.

She urges the British ships to avoid the Gulf temporarily. She revealed that London is still counseling with regional and international partners and new meetings would be held by the end of the week.

On the other hand, Jeremy Hunt, British Foreign Minister, tweeted today saying that what happened in the Gulf sent disturbing signals as Iran's action is illegal.

He affirmed that Britain will respond strongly to the Iranian threats.

It is worth to mention that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards held the British tanker Stena Impero under claims that it violated rules of navigation and hits a fishing boat at Hormuz Strait.