13 May 2019 Saudi oil tankers attacked near UAE coast

Saudi Arabia stated on Monday that two Saudi oil tankers were attacked off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE had announced the day before that four commercial vessels were sabotaged near the Strait of Hormuz, near the Fujairah Emirate, but did not disclose who was behind the attack or describe the nature of it, reported Reuters. Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falid said that the attack aimed to undermine maritime freedom and the security of oil supplies to consumers worldwide. Iran’s foreign ministry called the incidents “worrisome and dreadful”, calling for an investigation into the matter. A senior Iranian lawmaker said that “saboteurs from a third country” may be behind it, after declaring on Sunday that the security of Gulf States was fragile. The attack didn’t cause any casualties nor an oil spill but did cause damages to the vessel’s structures, Saudi al-Falid said. The UAE foreign ministry said there were no casualties and that the Fujairah port operations were normal. An investigation was launched in coordination with international authorities.