2 Saudi oil tankers damaged in sabotage attack near UAE

Amman, Saudi Arabia Monday announced that two of its oil tankers had been sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates(UAE), on their way to cross the Arabian Gulf in economic waters.

Saudi Minister of Energy, Khalid al-Falih, said in a statement issued by state-run Saudi News Agency (SPA) that two Saudi oil tankers were targeted in “a sabotage attack” off the coast of Fujairah, part of the United Arab Emirates, threatening the security of global oil supplies.

“One of the two vessels was on its way to be loaded with Saudi crude oil from the port of Ras Tanura, to be delivered to state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco’s customers in the United States,” he added.

“The attack did not lead to any casualties or an oil spill but caused significant damage to the structures of the two vessels,” he explained.

“The international community has a joint responsibility to protect the safety of maritime navigation and the security of oil tankers,” Falih said.

On Sunday, the UAE announced that four commercial cargo ships were targeted by “sabotage operations” off its eastern coast. The apparent sabotage took place near to UAE territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman, east of the emirate of Fujairah, the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said .

Source: Jordan News Agency