At Least Three Dead After Iranian Fuel Tanker is Attacked Off Syria’s Coast

Smoke rises from a tanker off the coastal city of Baniyas, Syria, in this handout picture released on April 24, 2021. SANA/Handout via REUTERS

At least three people died when an Iranian fuel tanker was attacked off Syria’s coast on Saturday, in the first assault of its kind since the Syrian civil war started a decade ago, a war monitor said.

“At least three Syrians were killed, including two members of the crew,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

It was not clear who carried out the attack. “We don’t know if this was an Israeli attack,” Abdel Rahman told AFP, adding that “the Iranian tanker came from Iran and was not far from Banias port”.

It was also not clear if a drone or a missile was used in the attack, the Observatory said.

Syrian state news agency Sana, quoting the oil ministry, said a fire erupted after “what was believed to be an attack by a drone from the direction of Lebanese waters”. The flames were later extinguished.

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SOURCE: AFP