Riyadh says its oil tankers "sabotaged" in the Gulf

May 13, 2019, 6:57 AM EDT
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Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said that two of the country’s oil tankers were “sabotaged” off the coast of the United Arab Emirates on Sunday amid rising tensions after the U.S. deployed additional warships to counter Iranian threat in the Persian Gulf.

The Saudi vessels suffered “significant damage” in the attack near Fujairah port but no injuries or fatalities were reported, notes the BBC. Energy minister Khalid al-Falih called on the international community to protect the safety of maritime navigation and the security of oil tankers in one of the busiest routes for global oil shipping.

Last week, the U.S. had warned that Iran and its proxies in the region could target commercial sea traffic as the country’s economy is pushed to the brink following Washington’s decision to pull out from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers earlier this year, reports The Guardian. Iran called the latest incidents of sabotage “worrisome and dreadful,” demanding a thorough investigation into the matter.