'There will be serious consequences': Ministers pledge a 'robust response' after Iran seizes two British tankers in major escalation of Gulf tensions - with all UK ships urged to stay out of the Strait of Hormuz

The Stena Impero was seized in the Strait of Hormuz at 4pm yesterday by Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces

20 July 2019 - 09:18

Iran last night seized a British oil tanker in the Gulf – edging the world closer to the brink of conflict.

In a major escalation of tensions, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard launched a guerilla-style attack to confiscate the Stena Impero as it passed through the Strait of Hormuz.

It was a deliberate act of provocation because the UK-flagged ship was in international waters. None of the 23 crew on board is understood to be British, and there were no reported injuries.  

Donald Trump last night called Iran ‘nothing but trouble’, adding: ‘It goes to show I was right about Iran.’  

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