May 20, 2011 / 2:00 PM / 9 years ago

NATO says stops tanker en route to Gaddafi

LONDON, May 20 (Reuters) - NATO said on Friday it had intercepted the oil tanker Jupiter on Thursday because it had reasons to believe it would be used for military purposes by the regime of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

“NATO naval forces can deny access to vessels entering or leaving Libyan ports if there is reliable information to suggest that the vessel or its cargo will be used to support attacks or threats on civilians, either directly or indirectly,” NATO spokeswoman Carmen Romero said.

Reporting by David Brustromm, writing by Dmitry Zhdannikov

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