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4 cargo ships ‘sabotaged’ near UAE, probe underway

 

DUBAI – An investigation is underway after four cargo ships were “sabotaged” near UAE waters east of Fujairah, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC).

The ministry did not give further details about the incident but said there were no injuries or fatalities. It also added that no harmful chemicals or fuel were spilled.

Authorities have taken “all necessary measures” and are investigating the incident in cooperation with local and international bodies, the ministry said.

The MOFAIC condemned acts of maritime sabotage and threats to the safety of those on board, and called on the international community to protect maritime safety.

Meanwhile, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on Monday (May 13) reported that two Saudi oil tankers were involved in the “sabotage attack” off the UAE coast.

“Two Saudi oil tankers were subjected to a sabotage attack in the exclusive economic zone of the United Arab Emirates, off the coast of the Emirate of Fujairah, while on their way to cross into the Arabian Gulf,” the SPA quoted Saudi Energy Minster Khalid Al Falih as saying.

Al Falih said one tanker was en route to Saudi Arabia to be loaded with a shipment of crude oil to the US. “Fortunately, the attack didn’t lead to any casualties or oil spill; however, it caused significant damage to the structures of the two vessels,” he said.

Following the incident, the US has issued a new alert warning ships on Monday to exercise caution when traveling past Fujairah.

There have been separate reports of explosions at the port of Fujairah on Sunday, but the UAE ministry dismissed them as false. It said that operations at the port “are going as normal”. GAD/Expat Media

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