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Tehran | July 21, 2019 5:11:19 AM IST
A day after Iran seized a British-flagged tanker, Twitter on Saturday reportedly blocked the Farsi-language accounts of three Iranian official and semi-official news agencies.

Twitter has suspended the accounts of official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA @IRNA_1313), the semi-official Mehr News agency (@mehrnews_fa) and the Young Journalists Club (YJC @yjcagency) news outlet for "violating the Twitter Rules".

The US-based microblogging site has also blocked two Mehr agencies accounts (@MehrDiplomacy and @MehrNews_FA) for unknown reasons.

Twitter has not released any official statement yet.

This comes a day after Iranian Navy seized a British-flagged tanker Steno Impero vessel and stopped another Liberian-flagged ship in the Strait of the Hormuz for "violating international regulations."

The United Kingdom has called Iran's actions to seize its tanker as "dangerous" and "illegal."

The United States, France and Germany have condemned Iran's actions. (ANI)

 
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