The United Arab Emirates said Sunday four merchant vessels had been targeted by "acts of sabotage" in UAE territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman, east of Fujairah, amid rising tensions between neighbouring Iran and the US.
"Four commercial, civilian trading vessels of various nationalities this morning suffered acts of sabotage" off the UAE's eastern coast, its foreign ministry said in a statement, without naming who was responsible.
There were no fatalities or injuries, and no spillage of harmful chemicals or fuel, UAE news agency WAM said
Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih later said that two of the vessels were from Saudi Arabia. One of the two vessels was on its way to be loaded with Saudi crude oil from the port of Ras Tanura, to be delivered to Saudi Aramco’s customers in the United States.
"Fortunately, the attack didn’t lead to any casualties or oil spill; however, it caused significant damage to the structures of the two vessels," al-Falih was quoted as saying by Saudi Press Agency.
UAE's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said the matter is being investigated by relevant authorities in cooperation with local and international bodies.
The ministry said "carrying out acts of sabotage on commercial and civilian vessels and threatening the safety and lives of those on board is a serious development."For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Subscribe to Arabian Business' newsletter to receive the latest breaking news and business stories in Dubai,the UAE and the GCC straight to your inbox.