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Sabotage of oil tankers: the situation in the Persian Gulf coming to a head

Iran has referred to reports about "acts of sabotage" against four commercial ships off the coast of the United Arab Emirates as "alarming". The speaker of the Iranian Aussenamts, Abbas Mousavi, calls on Monday for an investigation, which should bring clarity about the scope of the attacks. At the same time, he warned against "adventurism of foreign actors". Such incidents would have negative impact on shipping in the Gulf.

The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia had previously "acts of sabotage" against four commercial ships to the Gulf coast of the Emirates reported. "Four of the commercial, civilian trade ships of different nationalities" had been subjected to on Sunday morning "acts of sabotage" in front of the coast of the Emirate of Fujairah in the North-East of the country, informed the Ministry of foreign Affairs in Abu Dhabi. The Ministry did not specify the nature of the incidents.

According to Riad, two of the attacking ships came from Saudi Arabia. The two oil Tankers had been damaged in the "act of sabotage", said energy Minister Khalid al-Falih, the SPA news Agency. The crew of the ships remained unharmed.

the situation in The Region is currently tense extremely. The United States has increased the least of which is the military presence in the Middle East. On Friday, Washington announced plans to relocate the war ship, the USS Arlington and a missile defense system to the Patriot in the Region. A few days earlier, the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and several B had already been-52-long-range bombers have been sent there.

The U.S. government responded with increased military presence on "evidence of increased Iranian readiness to attack operations against U.S. troops and our interests". More detailed information has not been made.

Iran had announced a few days ago, some of the requirements from the nuclear deal in 2015. The United States imposed shortly after new sanctions against the Iranian economy. A year ago, Washington was pulled out unilaterally from the agreement, Tehran is supposed to prevent the construction of nuclear weapons. (afp/red)

Created: 13.05.2019, 10:35 PM

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