Iran says released crew of Portuguese-flagged ship linked to Israel

Srinagar, May 03 (KNS): Iran has released the crew of a seized Portuguese-flagged ship linked to Israel, but remains in control of the vessel itself, Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards seized the container ship MSC Aries, with a crew of 25, in the Strait of Hormuz on April 13.

"The seized ship, which turned off its radar in Iran's territorial waters and jeopardized the security of navigation, is under judicial detention," Amirabdollahian said, according to a foreign ministry post on X late Thursday night.Click Here To Follow Our WhatsApp Channel

He said the release of the crew was a humanitarian act and they could return to their countries along with the ship's captain.

Iran's foreign ministry had earlier said the Aries was seized for "violating maritime laws" and that there was no doubt it was linked to Israel. (KNS) 

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