Iranian tanker carrying oil bound for Syria hit by rockets off the Saudi coast

Iranian tanker carrying oil bound for Syria hit by rockets off the Saudi coast

BREAKING: An Iranian oil tanker was hit by two missiles, has exploded and is burning off the coast of Saudi Arabia, around 60 miles from the port of Jeddah.

The National Iran Oil Company said a supertanker called Sinopa was badly damaged.

The explosion also damaged two tanks on board the vessel, which is believed to be carrying a million barrels of oil bound for Syria, leaving it leaking into the Red Sea.

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The incident follows months of tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Last month, Iran hit a major oil field and processing facility in Saudi Arabia with 18 drones and seven cruise missiles.

In addition, Iran was behind the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf in June and July, as well as attacks on another four tankers in May.