Both Sides Keep up Attacks on Gulf Shipping

Continuing air attacks on Gulf shipping by both Iraq and Iran have resulted in three more tankers being hit, raising the number of confirmed attacks during December to nine and the total of ships damaged in 1984 to 72.

On 21 December, Iraqi planes attacked the 52,661 dwt Liberian-registered tanker Magnolia some 31 miles south of Kharg, killing two seamen and causing a small fire. Earlier on the same day the 228,640 dwt Norwegian tanker...