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Iraqi Attacks on Shipping Continue

Three more ships have been damaged by Iraqi attacks in the Gulf in the last week. On 27 March the 50,904 dwt Maltese tanker Eastern Star was hit in the engine room by an Exocet missile at 08:15 GMT while in ballast some 90 miles southeast of Kharg Island. No casualties were reported on the ship, which is part of the fleet chartered by Iran to shuttle petroleum products from the Aden refinery. Shortly afterwards Iraqi jets attacked the 250,877...