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Libyan navy seizes Ukrainian, ship suspected of oil smuggling - Media

Libyan navy seizes Ukrainian, ship suspected of oil smuggling - MediaThe Libyan navy seized two ships suspected of smuggling oil from this North African country, according to Libya's Navy spokesman Ayoub Qassem

This was reported by Ukrainian TV news service TSN website on Saturday.

According to Qassem, the exchange of fire continued for several hours before the vessels were seized. "The clashes lasted for three hours, but the two tankers were successfully seized," Qassem said.

One of the ships seized by the Libyan authorities is Ukraine-flagged tanker Ruta, another is a vessel with an unspecified African nation's flag named Stark.

The vessels were detained in Sidi Said area west of Tripoli.

Qassem didn't report any casualties or give details on what happened to the crew of the vessels.
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