Four commercial ships were subjected to sabotage operations east of Al-Fujairah in the Gulf of Oman on 12 May, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the UAE said in a statement posted on its website.
It said the attacks happened near the country’s territorial waters and that there were no injuries, fatalities, or spillages.
It did not identify the vessels or the attackers but described the incident as “a serious development”. It also said that media reports of explosions at Al-Fujairah’s port were “baseless and unfounded”.
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy Khalid al-Falih confirmed the incident, saying two Saudi oil tankers had been subjected to a sabotage attack at 0600 h local time in the UAE’s exclusive economic zone as they travelled towards the Strait of Hormuz, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
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