Amid Gulf Tensions, UAE Confirms ‘Sabotage’ of Four Vessels in Waters South of Hormuz

CNS News | 5/12/2019 | Staff
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( – The United Arab Emirates’ foreign ministry confirmed Sunday that four commercial ships had been “sabotaged” near a major oil tanker hub about 80 nautical miles from the Persian Gulf’s Strait of Hormuz, but denied reports claiming that the port itself had been targeted and disabled.

Reports about multiple blasts early Sunday morning come at a time of stepped up tensions in the Persian Gulf, amid ongoing Iranian threats to block the crucial chokepoint and the deployment of a U.S. aircraft carrier group and bombers to the region.

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Al-Mayadeen, a Lebanese media outlet viewed as sympathetic towards Hezbollah and Iran, claimed that heavy explosions had occurred in the port of Fujairah – one of the seven emirates making up the UAE – and cited unnamed “sources” as saying U.S. and French warplanes had been seen flying over the area at the time.

It claimed that between seven and ten oil tankers in the port were in flames.

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Iranian news outlets and a pro-Kremlin news agency in Russia then picked up the Al-Mayadeen reports.

Later Sunday, the UAE foreign ministry confirmed that four vessels in waters east of Fujairah had been “subjected to sabotage operations,” saying that no injuries or deaths had been reported, and that no fuel or harmful chemicals had been spilled as a result of the incidents. Investigations were underway.

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Quoted by the WAM state news agency, the ministry said committing acts of sabotage on commercial vessels and jeopardizing the lives of those onboard was “a serious development,” and that the international community should “assume its responsibilities to prevent such actions by parties attempting to undermine maritime traffic safety and security.”

It also said that despite “baseless and unfounded” rumors, the port of Fujairah was not affected, and that operations there were underway as usual.

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