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Iranians fire warning shots at commercial ship in Gulf: US

An Iranian patrol craft fired warning shots across a Singapore-flagged ship in international waters. Photo shows an Iranian Navy boat during exercises in the Strait of Hormuz in 2012Iranian Revolutionary Guards fired warning shots Thursday at a Singapore-flagged commercial ship in the Gulf that had collided recently with an Iranian oil rig, US officials said Thursday. “Iran claims that the vessel is liable for damages to the oil platform,” the official said. The incident reflects rising tensions in the Gulf, fueled in part by the conflict in Yemen that pits Iranian-backed Shiite rebels against pro-government forces supported by a Saudi-led coalition of Sunni Arab states. Thursday’s episode appeared similar to a move last month by Iran against a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship, the Maersk Tigris.

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