Iranian tanker is retained in Gibraltar

A ship suspected of bringing oil to Syria was intercepted on Thursday, 4, on the coast of Gibraltar, according to the Government of the British territory. The action, if proven, violates the European sanctions against Syria.

In a statement, the government said it had reasonable grounds to believe that the Grace 1 vessel transported shipment of crude oil to the Banyas refinery in Syria. "This refinery is owned by an entity subject to the sanctions of the European Union against Syria," said the head of the government of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo.

According to him, with his consent, the "port and law enforcement agencies sought the assistance of the Marines in carrying out the operation. "The government has published regulations on Wednesday, 3, to impose sanctions against the vessel and its cargo.

The European sanctions against Syria, adopted at the end of 2011 and extended in May until June 1, 2020, include an oil embargo. (With international agencies).

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