Ships 'Sabotaged' Off UAE Coast
May 13, 2019
Saudi Arabia says two of its oil
tankers suffered "significant damage" in a "sabotage attack" early
Sunday off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. No details, however,
about the specifics of the damage were released.
The kingdom's energy minister said one of the tankers had been on its
way to the Saudi port of Ras Tanura to pick up oil to deliver to the
The United States issued a warning early Monday about alleged "acts of
sabotage" aimed at ships off the United Arab Emirates coast. The warning
comes at a time of heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran.
Earlier, the UAE said four commercial ships were subjected to "sabotage
operations" Sunday near its territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman, but
did not give any details on the sabotage or who owned the ships, other
than saying they were of different nationalities.
say no one was hurt and no chemicals or fuel were spilled from the
Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said Monday in a
statement that the attacks on the ships "are alarming and regrettable."
He called for an investigation into the attacks and gave a warning about
"adventurism" by foreign players who want to disrupt maritime security.
The UAE says international bodies are helping with the investigation.
"Carrying out acts of sabotage on commercial and civilian vessels and
threatening the safety and lives of those aboard is a serious
development," the UAE foreign affairs ministry said Sunday, urging all
nations to take their responsibilities to prevent actions by anyone
looking to undermine maritime safety.
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