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Egyptian military seize oil tanker, 17 Ukrainians on board

Source : 112 Ukraine

Mobile phones were taken from sailors and they are banned from calling to the embassy or their families
15:46, 19 May 2019
In Egypt, the military hold a cargo tanker with oil. 17 Ukrainians are on board of the vessel. This was stated by tanker captain Vitaly Nesterenko, according to Ukrinform.

The tanker is loaded of 1.1 million barrels of Sea Shark crude oil, but is now anchored in Ain-Sokhna. It is going to be moved to an unknown terminal. According to the captain, "the situation on board is critical, and the life of the crew is at stake." Tthere are 31 people: 17 Ukrainians, 2 sailors from Crimea, 1 Azerbaijani and 11 members from the Philippines, Sri Lanka and India.
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The whole crew was divided into two groups and gathered in two smokehouses. Some sailors had increased blood pressure, because of poor health. The captain asked the Egyptian military to provide medical assistance to the sailors, but they refused. Mobile phones were taken away from many crew members, forbidding them to call the embassy or family members.

The captain urged to report on what happened in Interpol, UN and other organizations.

According to the data, the admiral of the Egyptian fleet boarded the tanker and said that the movement of the crew was limited until the tanker was unloaded. At the same time, he noted that force will be used against violators of the order, crew members are threatened with weapons.
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