MANAMA, Bahrain — Iranian speedboats firing rocket-propelled grenades set an Indian oil tanker ablaze in the southern Persian Gulf on Friday, while in the northern part of the gulf, Iraqi warplanes attacked a Cypriot oil tanker en route to Iran's main oil-loading terminal on Kharg Island, shipping sources here said.
The speedboat attack by Iranian Revolutionary Guards on the Spic Emerald was the fourth in a 36-hour span. Hours later, Iraqi jets opened fire on the tanker Felicity--just one day after an Iraqi missile hit the Australian-flagged shrimp boat Shenton Bluff, killing its captain. No casualties were reported in Friday's attacks.
Meantime, France said that its minesweepers found two mines, both believed planted by Iran, off the United Arab Emirates port of Khawr Fakkan.
The announcement came just as the 10th U.S. convoy resumed its trip southward through the Persian Gulf. The convoy, in which the Navy frigate Hawes is providing escort for the Kuwaiti tanker Gas Prince, was anchored in the central gulf for a time, the Defense Deparment said, without explanation.