Under Attack: UAE Confirms 4 Commercial Ships Part of ‘Sabotage Attack’ (Iran suspected)

  • According to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) foreign affairs ministry, four commercial ships were targeted as part of a “sabotage attack” near the Strait of Hormuz, but no casualties were reported.
  • Two Saudi oil tankers received “significant damage,” according to Saudi Arabia. One vessel was registered to Norway and the other connected to the UAE.
  • Iran has ordered a full investigation since it borders the Strait of Hormuz.
  • The area has experienced rising tensions, which sees about 1/5 of the world’s oil passing through.
  • Iran threatened to close the strait last month if the country wasn’t allowed to use the waterway.
  • Recently, the U.S. ended exemptions for countries who continue to purchase Iranian oil.
  • The U.S. has also sent warships to the area recently.

Reference Links

  • BBC: Four ships ‘sabotaged’ in the Gulf of Oman amid tensions READ
  • VOA News: UAE: Sabotage on 4 Commercial Ships in Gulf of Oman READ
  • Business Standard: 4 ships subjected to sabotage operations near Fujairah: UAE READ

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