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Royal Marines boarded the ship, which has a 300,000 tonne carrying capacity, early Thursday morning.
Prime Minister Theresa May later praised the seizure, with a Number 10 spokesperson saying Gibraltar had sent a ‘clear message’ that the UK would not tolerate any violation of the sanctions.
Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said there was evidence to suggest the tanker was attempting to deliver crude oil to the Banyas Refinery in northwest Syria, in breach of EU sanctions against Syria. The EU slapped the war-torn country with hard-hitting economic and energy sanctions in 2011.
Spain said it is still assessing the tanker seizure incident since it took place in what Madrid says were its territorial waters.
originally posted by: Petra137
But when the super-tanker, all 330 metres of it, entered EU waters,
originally posted by: Fowlerstoad
The citizens there are brave to stay. Nice climate, but somewhat hostile neighbors (Spain).
Best wishes to the locals, and please keep doing what you do best, Britain!