BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – The Royal Marines have stopped and boarded an oil tanker believed to be en route to the Syrian port city of Tartous, the government of Gibraltar announced this morning.

According to the government of Gibraltar, the Royal Marines detained the Grace 1, a Panamanian tanker that was allegedly carrying crude oil to the Baniyas Refinery in Syria’s Tartous Governorate.

“We have reason to believe that the ‘Grace 1’ was carrying its shipment of crude oil to the Banyas Refinery in Syria,” President of Gibraltar Fabian Picardo stated on Thursday morning.

The Baniyas Refinery is currently subject to sanctions from the United States and the European Union.

“Be assured that Gibraltar remains safe, secure and committed to the international, rules-based, legal order,” he said, thanking the police, customs, and port authorities for their involvement in detaining the ship.

According to the BBC, a team of about 20 marines was flown from the U.K. to Gibraltar in order to help seize the tanker, at the request of the Gibraltar government.

Syria has not commented on this latest claim by the government of Gibraltar.

 

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This Seizure by the Brits is wholly & totally illegal under International Law & is, neither more nor less than an Act of Piracy. Brits may claim they seized the Panama registered Ship on foot of EU Sanctions BUT Gibraltar is not now & never was a part of the EU and is not, therefore covered by the EU Sanctions.

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Yup! So much for the so called “freedom of navigation” for commercial shipping. And all this does is makes life difficult for ordinary Syrians.
I noticed that neither the EU, Israel or the USA even attempt to stop Russian shipments of weapons to Syria. Just saying…..

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@FairsFair, US, Israel & EU are always known to pick on smaller. It is like a Class 10 boy fighting a class 3 student. They dont have the ballz to do it they would never dare to touch the Russian ships knowing what Putin would do.

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I think only UK intercepted a ship to Syria for now…

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al-Nakba v2.0

They’ve always been pirates, didn’t you knew this? You don’t know the Perfidious Albion baby!

+++ “BUT Gibraltar is not now & never was a part of the EU and is not, therefore covered by the EU Sanctions”
>>> Wrong! BTW, at the Brexit referendum, 96% of Gibraltarians voted to remain on an 82% turnout. Gibraltar is the only British Overseas Territory which is part of the European Union.

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Long Live Syria

These dumb Brits. Just like their climate, Damp & foggy in their brain. Syrians are fighting for the survival of their own country from the head choppers. A day is not too far with all the Jihadis you have cultivated in your country when Big Ben will be brought down and a minaret will come up and all the Brit women will have to wear black rice bag all over and the marines will have to grow long beard and keep shouting from morning till night OLA UBER OLA UBER.

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Hey, the proof they are dumb : Brexit!
BTW
Do you know what a Trident-D5 is?
At the moment Big-Ben will fall, there will be minarets to melt under a temperature as hot as the heart of the sun in Naaf, Kerbala, Medina and Mecca…
Be sure they’ll opt for groundblasts to make the areas radioactive for no less than a few centuries… And remember :
Hajj is a pillar of Islam and is mandatory.
If it is made impossible, this is the end of the cult.

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if EU and US doesn’t want to do any business with Syria or iran they should not do. but they don’t have authority to stop other nation for doing business with Syria and iran. BRitsh was thief from the time of their ancestor. and they will remain . they are the biggest liars like their master in US and Israel. But Russia should supply oil to Syria without problem bcuz nobody has guts to take hostage of Russian shipment.

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but it seems they dont want to p**s off israel

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+++ “BRitsh was thief from the time of their ancestor. and they will remain . they are the biggest liars”
>>> They’ve learnt this from Islamic taqiyya 🙂

+++ “like their master in US and Israel’
>>> In what US are liars? They don’t lie a lot, they bully a lot. LOL, they can’t even keep anything secret, pfff…
>>> Israel tells lies for sure, but they’re much less liars than any Muhammadan country… At east their peace treaties are genuine, unlike the so-called “prophet” Muhammad (p**s be upon him) and his Hudaibiyah treaty

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Assad must stay

Brits are purely criminals.

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