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Saudi Arabia says two oil tankers damaged by 'sabotage attack' off UAE coast

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Filed on May 13, 2019
Khalid Al Falih, the Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources of Saudi Arabia. Reuters file photo

The Saudi minister said the attack caused significant damage to the structures of the two vessels.

The Saudi Arabia on Monday said that two of its oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the UAE in attacks that caused "significant damage" to the vessels.

"Two Saudi oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the UAE in attacks that caused "significant damage" to the vessels, while on their way to cross into the Arabian Gulf," said Khalid Al Falih, the Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources of Saudi Arabia.

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Al Falih said the two tankers were targeted off the coast of Fujairah. 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 customers in the US.

"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 said.

The Saudi minister denounced the attack that "aims to undermine the freedom of maritime navigation, and the security of oil supplies to consumers all over the world," he said.

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.


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