Saudi Arabia says 2 oil tankers damaged by sabotage attacks
Saudi Arabia said Monday two of its oil tankers were targeted in “sabotage operations” off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in attacks the previous day that caused “significant damage” to the vessels, one of them as it was en route to pick up Saudi oil to take to the United States.
The announcement by the kingdom’s energy minister, Khalid al-Falih, came as the U.S. issued a new warning to sailors and the UAE’s regional allies condemned Sunday’s incident that targeted at least four ships, including two Saudi tankers, off the port city of Fujairah.
Although details of the attacks were not disclosed, targeting tankers and commercial shipping vessels so close to the Persian Gulf has the potential to rattle global oil supplies.
The Saudi statement came just hours after Iranian and Lebanese media outlets aired false reports of explosions at Fujairah’s port. Emirati officials have declined to elaborate on the nature of the sabotage or say who might have been responsible.