When Iran seized a British-flagged tanker on Friday, it may need felt like a shock transfer. But it surely wasn’t.
It was the most recent in a string of occasions which have led to the escalating tensions between the US, UK and Iran.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard captured the Stena Impero and its 23 crew members within the Gulf on Friday.
Tehran says the vessel had violated worldwide maritime guidelines, however the UK says it was illegally seized in Omani waters and compelled to sail to the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas.
Iranian state media has launched pictures of crew members on the vessel.
The BBC’s Paul Adams explains.
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