DUBAI, April 15 (Reuters) - Iran's Revolutionary Guards claimed on Friday they had seized a vessel in Gulf waters loaded with 250,000 litres of smuggled fuel, according to the Iranian state news agency IRNA.
Iran, which has some of the world's lowest fuel prices owing to extensive state subsidies and the reduction of its currency, has been fighting massive fuel smuggling by land to neighbouring states and by sea to Gulf Arab nations. It has often confiscated boats it claims to be being used for smuggling oil in the Gulf.
The crew of the ship's seven has been detained, according to IRNA, according to a Guards spokesman, Gholamhossein Hosseini. A Guards official told state television that the crew was made of Iranians and foreigners, without giving any details.
Last week, the Guards seized a foreign boat carrying 220,000 liters of illegal gasoline in the Gulf and detained its crew of 11, according to Iranian officials.