Iraq claims second attack on Kharg Island
Kharg Island is 22 miles off the Iranian coast in the northeastern part of gulf and handles virtually all Iranian oil exports, generating
$17 billion last year and offsetting the bulk of Tehran's costs in the Persian Gulf war.
Iraq said its first concerted attempt Aug. 15 by waves of its airplanes to destroy the massive terminal left the installation 'a smoldering wreck' of burning jetties, storage tanks and pipelines.
Shipping and oil industry sources said the raid destroyed one of the island's three jetties and badly damaged another, but left the largest jetty on the western side undamaged and able to load supertankers.
Two ships loading oil at Kharg Island were hit during the earlier Iraqi raid, when rockets pierced the 142,000-ton Maltese tanker Torill and the Panamanian-registered freighter Ogol. No casualties were reported.
Iraq declared a 'no-go' zone around Kharg Island in 1982 and its aircraft attacked scores of ships carrying Iranian oil, but has not deterred shippers from risking the blockade.
An Iranian jet attacked the 45,700-ton Naess Leopard in the southern Gulf last week, setting the crew's quarters ablaze on the Belgian oil tanker in apparent retaliation for the Iraqi attack on Kharg Island.
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