Iranian boats ‘fire warning shots’ at Singapore-flagged ship
Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces fired warning shots at a Singapore-flagged commercial ship in the Gulf on Thursday, before vessels from the United Arab Emirates came to the ship's aid, US officials said. The incident reflects rising tensions in the Gulf, fueled in part by the conflict in Yemen that pits Iranian-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen against pro-government forces supported by a Saudi-led coalition. A US naval ship was about 20 miles (32 kilometers) away at the time but received no request for assistance, officials said. "We are aware of situation between a commercial vessel and Iranian patrol craft in international waters that occurred today," said an officer with US Central Command, which oversees forces in the Middle East.
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