British Marines and Gibraltar police intercept tanker & # 39; transports crude oil to Syria & # 39;
British Marines and Gibraltar police intercept supertanker suspected of illegally transporting crude oil to Syria
- Grace 1, a supertanker in the Panama flag, stopped in the early hours of Thursday
- The ship is suspected of transporting crude oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions
- Raid was carried out by Gibraltar police and customs, alongside Royal Marines
British Royal Marines and officials in Gibraltar have arrested a supertanker suspected of transporting crude oil to Syria, in violation of EU sanctions.
The Grace 1 ship was interrupted in the early hours of Thursday by police and customs agencies from Gibraltar, assisted by a detachment of marines.
& # 39; We have reason to believe that the & # 39; Grace 1 & # 39; brought his crude oil transport to the Banyas refinery in Syria, & # 39; said Prime Minister Fabian Picardo of Gibraltar.
Grace 1, a Panama-marked vessel (photo), was stopped by Gibraltar police and customs officials in the early hours of Thursday alongside British Royal Marines
& # 39; That refinery is the property of an entity subject to European Union sanctions against Syria. & # 39;
The Grace 1 is a tanker with Panamanian flag, according to the shipping publication Lloyd & # 39; s List.
& # 39; We have retained the ship and cargo & # 39 ;, Picardo added.
The UK government has welcomed "strong measures by the Gibraltar authorities" to intercept the tanker, and praised the Gibraltar authorities for "acting to enforce the EU sanction regime".
The European Union's sanctions against Syria have been in force since the end of 2011.
British forces believe the Grace 1 was used to transport crude oil to a refinery in Syria in violation of EU sanctions (photo, a Royal Navy support ship for Gibraltar)
The 28-person block has imposed sanctions on 277 Syrian officials, including ministers, on their role in the & # 39; violent repression & # 39; of citizens.
It has frozen the assets of around 72 entities and introduced an embargo on Syrian oil, restrictions on investment and freezing of the assets of the Syrian central bank within the European Union.
Gibraltar is a British overseas territory, a small rocky point at the southern tip of Spain.
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