Two Saudi oil tankers came under ‘sabotage attack’ off UAE coast

Two Saudi oil tankers came under “sabotage attack” off the UAE coast, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday, quoting the Saudi energy minister.

Saudi Arabia’s energy minister Khalid Al Falih added that the tankers sustained “significant damage”. He said the two tankers were targeted off the coast of Fujairah.

He said one tanker was en route to Ras Tanura port to get loaded with oil before it headed to the US. According to the Saudi minister “Fortunately, the attack didn’t lead to any casualties or oil spill” however, it caused significant damage to the structures of the two vessels.”

The Saudi minister also emphasised the joint responsibility of the international community to protect the safety of maritime navigation and the security of oil tankers, as these incidents pose a danger to energy markets and the global economy.

The UAE on Sunday said an alleged sabotage attack targeted four boats, without elaborating or naming suspects.

The UAE on Sunday said that four civilian commercial cargo ships have been subjected to sabotage operations near the country’s territorial waters, east of the emirate of Fujairah, near regional waters and in the UAE’s economic waters, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) said on Sunday.

Saudi Arabia stands by UAE after attacks on tankers
Saudi Arabia expressed support on Monday for the United Arab Emirates, following the attacks off the UAE coast, according to Saudi foreign ministry statement.

The attacks constitute a “dangerous threat to the safety of navigation and affects negatively regional and international security,” the ministry added.