US assisting UAE in ongoing investigation of sabotaged vessels

The incident comes as Washington dispatched two warships to Gulf waters in line with its standoff with Tehran over Iran's nuclear deal
US assisting UAE in ongoing investigation of sabotaged vessels
One of the four targeted ships, Norwegian-flagged oil tanker Andrea Victory. Images: WAM news agency.
By Lubna Hamdan
Tue 14 May 2019 10:15 AM

The US military is assisting the UAE with an ongoing investigation into an alleged attack on four commercial Saudi vessels that were damaged near Fujairah on Sunday, a US official told Reuters.

Both the State Department and UAE government have remained tight-lipped about the nature of the attack, with the US coast guard stating that the means of the attack is unknown.

It also advised vessels to exercise caution when transiting the area.

The attack comes at a time of rising tensions between the US and the GCC’s arch-rival Iran, which called for an investigation and warned of "adventurism" by foreign players to disrupt regional maritime security.


One of the four targeted ships, Saudi-flagged Al Marzoqah.

British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt on Monday issuing a warning over the dangers of conflict erupting "by accident" in the Gulf.

Washington has dispatched two warships to Gulf waters in line with its standoff with Tehran over Iran’s nuclear deal.

Anwar Gargash, the UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said in a tweet, “The great support towards the UAE following the deliberate sabotage of four ships in our territorial waters is the result of our positive position in supporting peace and stability.”

He added, "We have gained great friendships through transparency and our positions. The investigation is being conducted professionally and the facts and our readings and conclusions will be revealed.”

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