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Flesh-eating bacteria: How to prevent necrotizing fasciitis this summer

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From California to Texas and across the country to Florida, a dangerous and potentially deadly infection has seemingly dominated the news this summer: necrotizing fasciitis, colloquially referred to as flesh-eating bacteria. 

Flesh-eating bacteria infections — which, in severe cases, can result in amputations and even death —  can occur when those with an open cut or wound enter a hot tub, swimming pool, lake or ocean, allowing bacteria to enter. Though necrotizing fasciitis can be caused by more than just one type of bacteria, the most common cause is group A Streptococcus (Group A Strep), per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

TEXAS MAN DIES DAYS AFTER CONTRACTING FLESH-EATING BACTERIA DURING FOURTH OF JULY BEACH TRIP, WIFE SAYS

Annually since 2010, there have been approximately 700 to 1,200 cases of necrotizing fasciitis caused by Group A Strep, according to the CDC. That said, the federal health agency noted this is “likely an underestimate.”

Here’s what to know about necrotizing fasciitis this summer.

First, what is necrotizing fasciitis?

Simply put, necrotizing fasciitis “is a rare bacterial infection that spreads quickly in the body and can cause death,” the CDC says.

How is it contracted?

“Flesh-eating bacteria enters the body through a cut of the skin or open wound and spreads into soft tissue, like the muscles. If left untreated, the infection can move into the bloodstream,” Dr. Mike Sevilla, a family physician based in Ohio, told Fox News.

IS FLESH-EATING BACTERIA HEADED TO A BEACH NEAR YOU?

“People with compromised immune systems, like those with cancer or liver problems, are at higher risk of the bacteria progressing to necrotizing fasciitis,” he added.

I’m worried I’ve been infected. What should I do? 

Act fast.

“What we worry about is a worsening of the flesh-eating bacteria in a disease process called necrotizing fasciitis,” Sevilla said.

Necrotizing means “causing the death of tissues” while fasciitis means “inflammation of the fascia,” according to the CDC, which explained the fascia is the “tissue under the skin that surrounds muscles, nerves, fat, and blood vessels.”

Also, check your symptoms, Sevilla urged.

“Symptoms can start just hours after the person is infected and may appear as a bright red, swollen and shiny wound,” Sevilla said, noting symptoms “can then progress to severe pain, fever, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea”

“It is very important for patients to immediately seek medical attention if they experience these symptoms,” he added.

What is the biggest mistake to make when dealing with a potential infection? 

“The biggest mistake people make is not recognizing necrotizing fasciitis quick enough. One of the early signs could be muscle pain, which people misinterpret as a pulled muscle,” he said. “This infection can get worse in a matter of hours and if treatment is delayed the patient often requires hospitalization.”

How can I avoid necrotizing fasciitis?

In short: Practice good hygiene.

“Flesh-eating bacteria can be common in lakes and oceans. Practicing good hygiene is essential for [the] prevention of necrotizing fasciitis. Those with open wounds or active infections should keep them covered with dry, clean bandages and avoid bodies of water, including swimming pools and hot tubs,” Sevilla advised.

“After swimming, be sure to wash your body with soap and water,” he added.

Fox News’ Alex Hein contributed to this report.

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Newt Gingrich: Trump vs. Omar, AOC and more – Why 2020 will be all about patriotism vs. racism

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Who are the real American patriots?

Who are the real racists?

These two questions will play a big role in the 2020 election.

NEWT GINGRICH: IF DEMS KEEP DOING THESE FIVE THINGS, TRUMP WILL HAVE A LANDSLIDE VICTORY IN 2020

The left is desperate to turn any traditional patriotic appeal into an act of racism.

The left is desperate to smear Republicans and moderate Democrats as racists.

Part of this desperation is in the left’s inability to debate the facts and their hope that strong smears can shame their opponents out of broaching the argument.

Part of this desperation is in the left’s growing realization that President Trump and the Republicans are beginning to attract minority support in a serious way.

The 2018 election was a watershed in the shift of minority voters toward Republicans.

Consider the example of the very left-wing African-American female candidate for governor in Georgia. She alienated enough African-American males with her radicalized platforms that the Republican candidate wound up with a significant percentage of African-American male votes.

In Florida, a left-wing African-American candidate for governor lost almost one out of five African- American female votes because of his opposition to school choice.

In Michigan, a charismatic Republican African-American veteran and businessman, John James, received more votes for the Senate in Michigan than any Republican since the year 2000. James is running again, and if he wins, the historic monopoly that the left has on the African-American vote will collapse.

All around the country, President Trump is attracting Latinos to his rallies in record numbers. There is strong support in the Latino community for job creation, income growth, small business prosperity, and enforcing the law.

The left’s reaction to these threats has been hysteria.

Screaming “racist” – which the left-wing propaganda machine did relentlessly this week – is their most common effort to shut up conservatives in general and President Trump in particular.

Defending the flag is racist in this left-wing world. Defending George Washington and Thomas Jefferson is racist according to the left. Again and again, they seek to shame today’s patriots into silence.

Yet the real racists are on the left. Consider Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley saying, “We don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice. We don’t need black faces that don’t want to be a black voice. We don’t need Muslims that don’t want to be a Muslim voice. We don’t need queers that don’t want to be a queer voice.”

Consider both the racism and the fascist arrogance in that statement.

First, Pressley asserts the right to define the authenticity of voices.

Second, she defines each voice by skin color, religion, or sexual orientation rather than the content of their character.

Third, she dismisses or dehumanizes everyone who fails to meet her standard.

Consider her arrogance just in regard to the African-American community. By her standard, Secretary Colin Powell isn’t authentically black. Neither is Secretary Condoleezza Rice, Secretary Ben Carson, Justice Clarence Thomas, Senator Tim Scott, or senatorial candidate John James.

You can go through each of Pressley’s defined subgroups and find people who deeply disagree with her.

One of the keys to the 2020 campaign will be who the American people conclude are authentically patriotic and what views are actually racist.

President Trump and Republicans will be defined as genuinely patriotic. The left will grow hysterical as it loses its ability to dominate the public narrative with name-calling.

The election of 2020 will be one of the most defining elections in American history.

If the left succeeds in making its “racist” charge stick, it could seal off minority voters from even considering voting for President Trump and other candidates on the Republican ticket.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

On the other hand, if Republicans successfully answer the racist attack and then prove that the Democrats have become the party of radical proposals that would destroy America as we know it, then the Democrats could find themselves losing everywhere except on college campuses and in some radical neighborhoods.

Patriotism and racism will be key arguments over the next 15 months.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM NEWT GINGRICH 

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Newt Gingrich: Trump vs. Omar, AOC and more – Why 2020 will be all about patriotism vs. racism

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Who are the real American patriots?

Who are the real racists?

These two questions will play a big role in the 2020 election.

NEWT GINGRICH: IF DEMS KEEP DOING THESE FIVE THINGS, TRUMP WILL HAVE A LANDSLIDE VICTORY IN 2020

The left is desperate to turn any traditional patriotic appeal into an act of racism.

The left is desperate to smear Republicans and moderate Democrats as racists.

Part of this desperation is in the left’s inability to debate the facts and their hope that strong smears can shame their opponents out of broaching the argument.

Part of this desperation is in the left’s growing realization that President Trump and the Republicans are beginning to attract minority support in a serious way.

The 2018 election was a watershed in the shift of minority voters toward Republicans.

Consider the example of the very left-wing African-American female candidate for governor in Georgia. She alienated enough African-American males with her radicalized platforms that the Republican candidate wound up with a significant percentage of African-American male votes.

In Florida, a left-wing African-American candidate for governor lost almost one out of five African- American female votes because of his opposition to school choice.

In Michigan, a charismatic Republican African-American veteran and businessman, John James, received more votes for the Senate in Michigan than any Republican since the year 2000. James is running again, and if he wins, the historic monopoly that the left has on the African-American vote will collapse.

All around the country, President Trump is attracting Latinos to his rallies in record numbers. There is strong support in the Latino community for job creation, income growth, small business prosperity, and enforcing the law.

The left’s reaction to these threats has been hysteria.

Screaming “racist” – which the left-wing propaganda machine did relentlessly this week – is their most common effort to shut up conservatives in general and President Trump in particular.

Defending the flag is racist in this left-wing world. Defending George Washington and Thomas Jefferson is racist according to the left. Again and again, they seek to shame today’s patriots into silence.

Yet the real racists are on the left. Consider Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley saying, “We don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice. We don’t need black faces that don’t want to be a black voice. We don’t need Muslims that don’t want to be a Muslim voice. We don’t need queers that don’t want to be a queer voice.”

Consider both the racism and the fascist arrogance in that statement.

First, Pressley asserts the right to define the authenticity of voices.

Second, she defines each voice by skin color, religion, or sexual orientation rather than the content of their character.

Third, she dismisses or dehumanizes everyone who fails to meet her standard.

Consider her arrogance just in regard to the African-American community. By her standard, Secretary Colin Powell isn’t authentically black. Neither is Secretary Condoleezza Rice, Secretary Ben Carson, Justice Clarence Thomas, Senator Tim Scott, or senatorial candidate John James.

You can go through each of Pressley’s defined subgroups and find people who deeply disagree with her.

One of the keys to the 2020 campaign will be who the American people conclude are authentically patriotic and what views are actually racist.

President Trump and Republicans will be defined as genuinely patriotic. The left will grow hysterical as it loses its ability to dominate the public narrative with name-calling.

The election of 2020 will be one of the most defining elections in American history.

If the left succeeds in making its “racist” charge stick, it could seal off minority voters from even considering voting for President Trump and other candidates on the Republican ticket.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

On the other hand, if Republicans successfully answer the racist attack and then prove that the Democrats have become the party of radical proposals that would destroy America as we know it, then the Democrats could find themselves losing everywhere except on college campuses and in some radical neighborhoods.

Patriotism and racism will be key arguments over the next 15 months.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM NEWT GINGRICH 

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Iran Seizes British Oil Tanker In Strait Of Hormuz, State Media Claims

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards claimed to have seized a United Kingdom-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday, less than 48 hours after Iranian forces captured another foreign ship that they accused of smuggling fuel. The tanker’s possible capture is the latest in a series of incidents that have increased international tensions with Iran.

The British tanker Stena Impero was en route to Saudi Arabia when it was seized, and its owners have now lost contact with the vessel, according to the BBC. The U.K. Foreign Office is seeking more information on the ship, and officials held an emergency meeting following Iran’s announcement. The Revolutionary Guard claimed that the Stena Impero violated maritime regulations, but did not provide any proof of its accusation.

Iran’s alleged seizure of the Stena Impero coincided with authorities in Gibraltar declaring on Friday that they would extend the confinement of an Iranian oil tanker, the Grace 1, which British Royal Marines seized earlier this month for allegedly violating sanctions by shipping oil to Syria. Iran has condemned the detention of the Grace 1 and threatened to seize a British ship in retaliation.

Iran also seized a Panamanian-flagged oil tanker on Thursday morning, broadcasting images of military speedboats circling the ship. Later that day, President Donald Trump claimed that a U.S. warship downed an Iranian drone that came too close to the ship in international waters. Iran denied that it lost a drone, and the U.S. has not released further evidence clarifying the incident.

The U.S. and Iran have been in a tense standoff in recent months after a series of escalating incidents, including the U.S. announcing it would deploy more troops to the region, moving an aircraft carrier strike group to the Persian Gulf and blaming Iran for sabotaging oil tankers. The dispute nearly resulted in the U.S. launching airstrikes against Iranian targets in June, after Iran downed a U.S. drone it claimed had violated its airspace.

Relations between the two countries have deteriorated since Trump withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 nuclear deal last year, resulting in Iran becoming increasingly belligerent as it seeks to push back against U.S. sanctions and military pressure. After complying with the terms of deal even after Trump’s withdrawal, Iran surpassed the amount of uranium that the agreement allowed it to enrich earlier this month. The alleged seizure of the Stena Impero creates yet another problem for diplomats to untangle.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Katy Perry On How Relationship With Orlando Bloom Differs From First Marriage

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Perry explained in an interview broadcast this week with the Australian station KIIS 1065′s Kyle & Jackie O that her past relationships have informed her relationship with the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor. The couple announced their engagement in February and plan a wedding by the end of the year, according to People

“It’s important for us to do the work before we take this really big next step. Because we were both married before, and it’s not the same in your 30s,” Perry told the radio show.

The “Never Really Over” singer was married to Brand for 14 months before they divorced in 2012. Bloom was married from 2010 to 2013 to Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr, with whom he has 8-year-old son Flynn.

Perry went on to say that she and Bloom are “really doing the hard work and laying a beautiful foundation before we start to build a massive house … figuratively, emotionally, you know.”

The couple has been fairly quiet on social media, with infrequent posts about their love affair. Perry shared a snapshot of her, Bloom, and her diamond-and-ruby engagement ring earlier this year, when the two announced their engagement.

One of the few other images of the pair on their social media is a snap of the couple at the wedding of Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner.

Hopefully, they’ll give us more photographs as wedding planning picks up. Congrats you two!

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Trump abruptly reverses course, offers full-throated defense of racist chants

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Starting to think that they know if they lie, again, we will spend the day pointing out the evidence of the lie.

Instead of focusing on the fact that:

Trump raped a 13-year-old who looked exactly like his daughter Ivanka, who was the same age at the time.

Or

Docs dropped yesterday that prove without any doubt that Trump committed campaign finance violations – a felony.

Or

Hope Hicks, Trumps longtime crush and pants steamer, lied under oath to congress about these campaign finance violations and she won’t face any consequences.

Or

Thousands of migrant children still don’t have tooth paste or soap or fucking beds to sleep in while they are kept in concrete prisons.

Or

The government still does not know the whereabouts of hundreds of children that were separated from their parents.

… but here we are on day 6 of the Trump racist distraction.

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Reigning time-trial world champion Rohan Dennis quits Tour de France in midstage

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Reigning time-trial world champion Rohan Dennis has officially dropped out of the Tour de France after inexplicably stopping in the middle of Stage 12 on Thursday — a day before he was expected to win the only individual time trial.

The 29-year-old cyclist left the world stunned after vanishing at the base of the Pyrenean Stage.

Bahrain Merida management released a statement via Twitter regarding the welfare of their champion player after Dennis did not show up for hours, but he wasn’t missing as the team believed.

Other riders spotted Dennis near the finish line with his bike parked against the Bahrain Merida team bus, where he refused to talk to reporters.

Gorazd Stangelj, Bahrain-Merida sports director, said that it disappointed him when Dennis quit, with the champion expected to give his best effort on the 13th stage Friday — an individual time trial he won last year at the 91st UCI Road World Championships.

Stangelj told reporters: “It was his decision today to stop in the feed zone. We tried to speak with him. He said, ‘I don’t want to talk,’ and just abandoned the race.” Strangelj said Dennis’ health should not be factored into his exit.

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Dennis broke his silence in a statement on the Bahrain-Merida team website, dated Thursday.

“I am very disappointed to leave the race at this point. Obviously, the individual time trial tomorrow had been a big goal for me and the team, but given my current feeling it was the right decision to withdraw earlier today. I wish my teammates the very best for the remainder of the race and would like to thank all the Tour de France fans who cheered for me, at home and on the roadside, since Brussels.”

The Guardian reported on speculation that Dennis didn’t enjoy taking the backseat to Vincenzo Nibali, one of the premier stage racers on the team.

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Dennis has only one more year remaining on his contract, but when reporters asked Stangelj if there were any underlying issues tied to his departure, he insisted there were none.

Simon Yates crossed the finish line Thursday, winning his first Tour de France stage after Dennis’ departure.

Fox News’ Kira Grant contributed to this story.

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N.S.A. Contractor Who Hoarded Secrets at Home Is Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison

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BALTIMORE — A troubled former National Security Agency contractor who spent two decades stuffing his home, car and garden shed with highly classified documents was sentenced on Friday to nine years in prison in a case that exposed a shocking laxity in security at the N.S.A. and other secret government facilities.

Investigators originally feared that the contractor, Harold T. Martin III, might have passed or sold secrets to a foreign power or to a still-mysterious group calling itself the Shadow Brokers, which released dangerous N.S.A. hacking tools online in 2016 and 2017. But they appear to have concluded that his amassing of secrets was a symptom of a quirky, disturbed mind, not evidence that Mr. Martin, a 54-year-old Navy veteran, wanted to betray his country.

In March, Mr. Martin pleaded guilty to a single count of willful retention of national defense information. Prosecutors and defense lawyers agreed on the sentence, which was approved by United States District Judge Richard D. Bennett.

Mr. Martin’s lawyer, James Wyda, said his client had an “autism spectrum disorder” and had experienced difficulty forming and keeping relationships since childhood. As a result, the lawyer said, he had sought meaning and validation in his work as a contractor at the N.S.A. and other agencies, bringing home documents to work on at night.

But as the documents piled up, the lawyer said, they became “a tangible representation of Mr. Martin’s worth,” as he was “desperately trying to fill the voids in his life.” His hoarding of both papers and electronic media went out of control, Mr. Wyda said.

One of the prosecutors, Zachary Myers, an assistant United States attorney, cast doubt on the notion that Mr. Martin was a mere victim of his mental disorders. He noted that Mr. Martin collected only government documents and kept them in a “logical” order.

“The defendant knew what he was doing was wrong, illegal and highly dangerous,” Mr. Myers said.

When F.B.I. agents arrived at Mr. Martin’s modest house in Glen Burnie, Md., in 2016, they recovered an estimated 50 terabytes of material, much of it stamped top secret, including the closely guarded software he had taken from his job at N.S.A.’s hacking unit, then called Tailored Access Operations. That made it among the largest thefts of classified documents in history.

His arrest came shortly after the Shadow Brokers had begun trying to auction stolen N.S.A. hacking tools online, and investigators were initially convinced that Mr. Martin must have somehow supplied the tools. But the Shadow Brokers continued to operate after Mr. Martin’s arrest, and prosecutors on Friday gave no indication that they thought he was connected to their wholesale release of N.S.A. cyber weapons, an unprecedented loss for the agency.

According to court records and interviews, Mr. Martin contacted employees at a Russian-owned cybersecurity company, Kaspersky Lab, via Twitter in 2016, sending cryptic messages that appeared to indicate he had information to share. “Shelf life, three weeks,” he wrote, in one message first reported by Politico.

But he quickly cut off contact and never delivered anything. Judge Bennett made reference to the episode on Friday but noted that the government had not accused Mr. Martin of “transmission” of classified secrets.

Mr. Martin, who was obese at the time of his arrest three years ago, has lost more than 100 pounds in jail, his lawyer said. He stood in a striped jersey labeled “Inmate” and read for nearly 30 minutes a rambling statement apologizing to family, friends and his former colleagues at the N.S.A.

“I have been called a walking encyclopedia,” he said, describing himself at another point as “an intellectually curious adventurer.” His words were often cryptic, at one point addressed to “that cool dude in a loose mood” and at another citing the N.S.A. motto, “They serve in silence.”

Judge Bennett repeatedly said he found Mr. Martin’s actions disturbing. “This case is very troubling,” he said. “Very sensitive material was taken home. I’ve grappled with the fact that people’s lives were potentially in danger,” he said, referring to intelligence sources overseas.

The judge said he agreed to the nine-year sentence, which will be counted from Mr. Martin’s arrest in August 2016, only after deciding it would be enough of a deterrent to other government employees with security clearances who might consider mishandling secrets.

The case is only one of several recent prosecutions of N.S.A. employees, including Nghia Pho, who was sentenced to five and a half years last September for taking home classified documents, and Reality Winner, who got five years and three months last August for sending a secret document about Russian hacking to the online publication The Intercept.

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Trump abruptly reverses course, offers full-throated defense of racist chants

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Starting to think that they know if they lie, again, we will spend the day pointing out the evidence of the lie.

Instead of focusing on the fact that:

Trump raped a 13-year-old who looked exactly like his daughter Ivanka, who was the same age at the time.

Or

Docs dropped yesterday that prove without any doubt that Trump committed campaign finance violations – a felony.

Or

Hope Hicks, Trumps longtime crush and pants steamer, lied under oath to congress about these campaign finance violations and she won’t face any consequences.

Or

Thousands of migrant children still don’t have tooth paste or soap or fucking beds to sleep in while they are kept in concrete prisons.

Or

The government still does not know the whereabouts of hundreds of children that were separated from their parents.

… but here we are on day 6 of the Trump racist distraction.

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Iran Seizes British-Flagged Oil Tanker In Strait Of Hormuz

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The owners of the Stena Impero say the tanker “was approached by unidentified small crafts and a helicopter” as it tried to pass through the Strait of Hormuz on Friday. Stena Bulk/AP hide caption

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The owners of the Stena Impero say the tanker “was approached by unidentified small crafts and a helicopter” as it tried to pass through the Strait of Hormuz on Friday.

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Updated at 6 p.m. ET

Iran’s military apparently seized two foreign-owned oil tankers — the U.K.-flagged Stena Impero and the Liberian-flagged Mesdar — as they were passing through the Strait of Hormuz on Friday. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy told Iranian state media that it confiscated the Stena Impero; it has not yet addressed reports about the Mesdar.

The Associated Press quotes Iran’s Fars news agency as saying the Mesdar was allowed to leave Iranian waters.

Norbulk Shipping UK, operator of the Mesdar, is quoted by Reuters as saying Iranian armed guards left the ship, and it was free to go.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed reports that the Mesdar had been confiscated. Tracking data showed the large tanker making an abrupt turn toward Iran’s coast in the Strait of Hormuz.

“I’m extremely concerned by the seizure of two naval vessels by Iranian authorities in the Strait of Hormuz,” Hunt said in a statement widely quoted by British media. Saying that he was heading into a security meeting, Hunt added, “These seizures are unacceptable.”

President Trump commented on Iran’s actions as he departed the White House on Friday afternoon, saying, “We heard it was one, we heard it was two” ships that have been seized. He added that Iran is “nothing but trouble,” and he reiterated that the U.S. has a very close alliance with the U.K.

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Ship-tracking data show the Mesdar oil tanker made an abrupt turn toward Iran on its planned route to Saudi Arabia on Friday. Maritime Traffic hide caption

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Westlake Legal Group  Iran Seizes British-Flagged Oil Tanker In Strait Of Hormuz

Ship-tracking data show the Mesdar oil tanker made an abrupt turn toward Iran on its planned route to Saudi Arabia on Friday.

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The Stena Impero’s owners, Sweden’s Stena Bulk and its U.K.-based subsidiary Northern Marine Management, issued a statement saying the Stena Impero “was approached by unidentified small crafts and a helicopter during transit of the Strait of Hormuz while the vessel was in international waters.”

The owners added, “We are presently unable to contact the vessel which is now heading north towards Iran.”

The tanker has a crew of 23 sailors — and there have been no reports of any injuries, the owners said, adding, “We are in close contact with U.K. government authorities.”

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy issued a statement published by the semiofficial Fars news agency saying that the Stena Impero was detained for “disregarding international maritime rules and regulations as it was passing through the Strait of Hormuz.”

The Iranian military added that the U.K.-flagged ship was escorted to Iran’s coastal waters.

The tanker’s owners say they haven’t been able to establish direct contact with the vessel since learning it was intercepted. Built in 2018, the seized tanker has a deadweight tonnage — the weight it can carry — of 49,683 tons.

The interdiction of the two tankers comes after tensions have risen sharply in the Strait of Hormuz, which the U.S. Energy Information Administration calls the world’s most important strategic chokepoint for oil transport.

On Thursday morning, Iran announced that its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy had seized a foreign-flagged oil tanker in the strait. That confiscation took place on Sunday; Iran alleges that the ship was smuggling 1 million liters (264,000 gallons) of fuel.

U.S. officials said later in the day that a Navy warship had taken down an Iranian drone that had gotten too close to the USS Boxer as it passed through the strait.

Two weeks ago, British Royal Marines helped seize an Iranian tanker in the Strait of Gibraltar on suspicion that it was carrying oil from Iran to Syria — a violation of European Union sanctions.

In response, a former Revolutionary Guard commander said Iran should seize a British oil tanker in retaliation. And last week, it seemed that Iran’s navy tried to do just that, as the U.K.’s defense ministry announced it had foiled an attempt by three Iranian ships to divert a British oil tanker. Iran denied any involvement.

Iran is currently locked into a standoff with the U.S. — which left a landmark nuclear deal that was signed in 2015 — as well as with European countries that Iran says must now keep their promise to ease economic sanctions despite the threat of U.S. punishments.

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