Graphic shows area of alleged attack and shipping lanes in Strait of Hormuz.
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Saudi Arabia says two oil tankers damaged by sabotage attacks

By Mike Tyler

May 13, 2019 - Four merchant ships, including two Saudi oil tankers, were sabotaged near Fujairah emirate, one of the world’s largest bunkering hubs lying just outside the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday morning.

Saudi Arabia says “significant damage” was caused to its two 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 the reported sabotage Sunday of four ships off the coast of the port city of Fujairah.

The U.S. has warned ships that “Iran or its proxies” could be targeting maritime traffic in the region. America is deploying an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf to counter alleged threats from Tehran.

PUBLISHED: 13/05/2019; STORY: Graphic News
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