Kuwait seizes Emirati vessel for busting Iraq embargo

Published March 11th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Kuwait's coast guard has seized a small Emirati oil tanker on suspicion of breaking the UN embargo slapped on Iraq for its 1990 invasion of Kuwait, a newspaper reported Saturday. 


The vessel, carrying 1,450 tones of Iraqi oil and carrying 13 Iranian, three Iraqi, two Pakistani and two Bangladeshi crew members, was seized inside Kuwait's territorial waters on Friday, Al-Rai Al-Aam said. 


The Honduran-registered vessel, named Al-Sabah and owned by Dubai's Al-Anan Company, was heading from Umm Qasr port in Iraq to the United Arab Emirates, the paper said. 


Kuwait last year seized more than 20 vessels and small tankers of various sizes carrying oil and goods from Iraq to the Gulf Arab monarchies.  


The seized ships and goods are normally sold at auction. Crew members, mostly from the Indian subcontinent, are detained and fined before being deported to their home countries. 


Baghdad has been under embargo since its August 1990 invasion of Kuwait and is authorised to export crude only under strict UN control to buy food, medicine and other essential goods.—AFP. 

(c) –Agence France Presse 2001.  

© 2001 Mena Report (www.menareport.com)

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