An Iranian oil tanker was hit by two rockets while cruising through the Red Sea near to the coast of Saudi Arabia Friday, Iranian media reported.

According to state news company IRNA, the tanker, named as the Sabity, was struck by missiles while sailing around 60 miles from the Saudi Arabian port city of Jeddah.

A statement from the National Iranian Oil Company stated the tanker was struck by 2 separate rockets in between 5: 00 a.m. and 5: 20 a.m. local time (12: 00 a.m. and 12: 20 a.m. ET).

” The main oil container of the ship was hit which resulted in oil spilling into the Red Sea,” the declaration read as published by ISNA news company

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The event was also verified by Iranian TV network Press TELEVISION, which tweeted: “Iranian tanker set ablaze near Saudi #Jeddah perhaps after being struck by 2 missiles.”

Iranian news reports stated that “only the body of the ship” was damaged in the event, pointing out the general public Relations and International Affairs Department of National Iranian Oil Business.

This photo released by the official news agency of the Iranian Oil Ministry, SHANA, shows Iranian oil tanker Sabiti traveling through the Red Sea Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. Two missiles struck the Iranian tanker Sabiti traveling through the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia on Friday, Iranian officials said, the latest incident in the region amid months of heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S. (SHANA via AP)

This picture released by the official news company of the Iranian Oil Ministry, SHANA, shows Iranian oil tanker Sabiti taking a trip through the Red Sea Friday, Oct. 11,2019
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” Fortunately, all crew on board are protected and the ship is in a steady condition,” IRNA stated.

Detectives are working to figure out the cause or source of the incident, it added.

The event, which according to ISNA news agency is currently under examination but “likely a terrorist attack,” took place simply weeks after a set of oil refineries in Saudi Arabia were hit by drone attacks, an occurrence that has been extensively blamed on Iran.

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On September 14, Abqaiq, the website of Aramco’s biggest oil processing plant, was struck by drones, an attack that was then followed by a second which started fires in the close-by Khurais oilfield.

The attacks were likely launched from inside Iran, according to both the US and Saudi Arabia, however Tehran has consistently denied any participation in the event, stating they were performed by Yemeni Houthi rebels.

The rate of oil increased on the news, with West Texas Intermediate crude, the US standard, leaping more than 1.3%to $5457 per barrel, according to Markets Expert information.

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