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Iranian oil tanker on fire off Saudi Arabia coast

TEHRAN, Iran: A fire has erupted after an explosion on an Iranian oil tanker off the coast of Saudi Arabia on Friday.

The vessel belongs to National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), which was 60 miles (97 kilometres) from the port city of Jeddah when the incident took place.

The ship’s two main storage tanks have been damaged by the inferno and are spilling oil into the Red Sea.

No reports of injuries have been received so far.

Last month, 18 drones and seven cruise missiles hit a major oil field and processing facility in Saudi Arabia.

The kingdom had blamed Iran for the attack, leading to escalating tensions between the nations.

Earlier, United States had accused Iran for six oil tanker attacks between May and July.

Iran has refuted all allegations regarding the incidents.