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strait of hormuz

[Iran military power 2015: gunboats fire on Singaporean tanker in Strait of Hormuz - TomoNews]

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[Gunboats believed to be from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard shot at a Singaporean-flagged tanker as it passed through the Strait of Hormuz, according to CNBC News and CNN, citing US officials. The five gunboats ordered the Alpine Eternity to halt. When the captain refused, the gunboats fired across the bow. Iranian fast boats are typically equipped with 50-caliber machine guns. NBC News reported the Iranian gunboats also fired at the stern, in an apparent attempt to disable the propellers of the Alpine Eternity. When Emirati ships approached, the gunboats turned back toward Iran. The Alpine Eternity sought refuge in UAE waters. The US military recently stopped escorting commercial vessels through the Strait of Hormuz but maintains a strong presence in the region. About 35% of the world’s oil traded by sea passes through the Strait of Hormuz, which is just 39 kilometers wide at its narrowest point. The strategically important area has raised fears Iran could attempt to choke off oil supplies. ----------------------------------------­--------------------- Welcome to TomoNews, where we animate the most entertaining news on the internets. Come here for an animated look at viral headlines, US news, celebrity gossip, salacious scandals, dumb criminals and much more! Subscribe now for daily news animations that will knock your socks off. Visit our official website for all the latest, uncensored videos: http://us.tomonews.net Check out our Android app: http://bit.ly/1rddhCj Check out our iOS app: http://bit.ly/1gO3z1f Stay connected with us here: Facebook http://www.facebook.com/TomoNewsUS Twitter @tomonewsus http://www.twitter.com/TomoNewsUS Google+ http://plus.google.com/+TomoNewsUS/ Instagram @tomonewsus http://instagram.com/tomonewsus]