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Sun May 12, 2019, 03:35 PM

UAE says four vessels subjected to 'sabotage' near Fujairah port

Source: Reuters

WORLD NEWS MAY 12, 2019 / 11:49 AM / UPDATED 2 HOURS AGO

UAE says four vessels subjected to 'sabotage' near Fujairah port

DUBAI (Reuters) - Four commercial vessels were targeted by “sabotage operations” near the territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates without causing casualties, the foreign ministry said on Sunday in a statement tweeted by state news agency WAM.

The incident occurred near the UAE emirate of Fujairah, it said, one of the world’s largest bunkering hubs which lies just outside the Strait of Hormuz. The strait is a vital oil and natural gas corridor for the global energy market.

“Subjecting commercial vessels to sabotage operations and threatening the lives of their crew is considered a dangerous development,” the ministry statement said.

It gave no details about the nature of the sabotage and did not identify the vessels beyond saying they were of various nationalities. It said the incident did not result in spills.

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Source: Reuters

WORLD NEWS MAY 12, 2019 / 2:24 PM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO

Iranian lawmaker says explosions at UAE port show Gulf security is fragile

GENEVA (Reuters) - A senior Iranian lawmaker said on Sunday that explosions near Fujairah port in the United Arab Emirates showed that the security of Gulf states is fragile.

“The explosions of Fujairah showed that the security of the south of the Persian Gulf is like glass,” Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, head of parliament’s national security committee, wrote on his Twitter account.

On Sunday the UAE Foreign Ministry said four commercial vessels were targeted by “sabotage operations” near the territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates without causing casualties. Earlier the government of Fujairah denied media reports about blasts inside the port and said the facility was operating normally.

Reporting By Babak Dehghanpisheh; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky


https://www.reuters.com/article/us-gulf-iran-fujairah-explosions/iranian-lawmaker-says-explosions-at-uae-port-show-gulf-security-is-fragile-idUSKCN1SI0KH

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