AP Explains: Mideast tensions threaten key global oil route

AP Explains: Mideast tensions threaten key global oil route

This May 2018 image made available by Marine Traffic shows the MT Front Altair in Antwerp, Belgium. Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were reportedly attacked on Thursday June 13, 2019. International Tanker Management, which operates the MT Front Altair, said an explosion caused fire aboard but that the incident is still being investigated. (Patrick Vereecke/Marine Traffic via AP)
In this photo released by state-run IRIB News Agency, an oil tanker is on fire in the sea of Oman, Thursday, June 13, 2019. Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz have been reportedly attacked. The alleged assault on Thursday left one ablaze and adrift as sailors were evacuated from both vessels. The U.S. Navy rushed to assist amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran. (IRIB News Agency via AP)
Michio Yube, right, director and general manager at the Kikuka Sankyo Co., LTD., speaks to media after one of their ships, the Kokuka Courageous, was attacked near the Strait of Hormuz, at Kikuka Sankyo Co., LTD. Thursday, June 13, 2019, in Tokyo. Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were reportedly attacked on Thursday, an assault that left one ablaze and adrift as sailors were evacuated from both vessels and the U.S. Navy rushed to assist amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

AP Explains: Mideast tensions threaten key global oil route

This May 2018 image made available by Marine Traffic shows the MT Front Altair in Antwerp, Belgium. Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were reportedly attacked on Thursday June 13, 2019. International Tanker Management, which operates the MT Front Altair, said an explosion caused fire aboard but that the incident is still being investigated. (Patrick Vereecke/Marine Traffic via AP)
In this photo released by state-run IRIB News Agency, an oil tanker is on fire in the sea of Oman, Thursday, June 13, 2019. Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz have been reportedly attacked. The alleged assault on Thursday left one ablaze and adrift as sailors were evacuated from both vessels. The U.S. Navy rushed to assist amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran. (IRIB News Agency via AP)
Michio Yube, right, director and general manager at the Kikuka Sankyo Co., LTD., speaks to media after one of their ships, the Kokuka Courageous, was attacked near the Strait of Hormuz, at Kikuka Sankyo Co., LTD. Thursday, June 13, 2019, in Tokyo. Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were reportedly attacked on Thursday, an assault that left one ablaze and adrift as sailors were evacuated from both vessels and the U.S. Navy rushed to assist amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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