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The World

November 03, 1987

British and French minesweepers have reopened a key anchorage just outside the Persian Gulf that was closed to shipping in August when mines damaged ships and killed sailors there, military sources said in Bahrain. The reopened anchorage, in Gulf of Oman waters off the United Arab Emirates port of Fujaira, now is considered safe for vessels, British naval sources said. In Washington, the Pentagon said the frigate Carr fired its machine guns and drove off what was believed to be an Iranian gunboat speeding toward the American cargo ship Patriot, which the Carr was escorting toward the Strait of Hormuz.

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