UAE FM confirms four commercial vessels targeted at Fujairah port

UAE FM confirms four commercial vessels targeted at Fujairah port

Saudi officials haven't disclosed casualties or whether there was an oil spill from the incident, but said it caused "significant damage to the structures of the two vessels", reported CNN.

Al-Falih also said the attack aimed to undermine the "security of oil supplies to consumers all over the world" and emphasised the "joint responsibility of the global community to protect" the safety of maritime navigation and oil tankers.

Antagonism between the US and Iran intensified this month after President Trump ended exceptions to USA sanctions on Iranian oil sales.

"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. He warned against "foreign seditious plots to upset the region's security and stability".

Oil prices rose on world markets on Monday with benchmark Brent North Sea crude up 1.8 percent at $71.90 a barrel in London.

The spike in tensions follows the Trump administration's decision to lift sanctions waivers from eight countries that import Iranian oil, in a bid to bring Iran's exports down to "zero", according to USA officials. Given the downward trajectory of US-Iran relations, there's less margin for error when it comes to security crises in the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman where tensions are already sky high.

Gauges in Riyadh, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha were among Monday's biggest losers globally. Bahri did not respond to a request for comment. The UAE and Iran called to investigate the incident which is still surrounded by mystery. The ministry's spokesperson, Abbas Mousavi, was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying there should be more information about the incident.

Spanish Grand Prix qualifying results: Valtteri Bottas beats Lewis Hamilton to pole
He said: "For now on this race there was absolutely no problems for me". I feel better and better in the vehicle so I look forward to tomorrow".

Self-impeach? Talk shifts toward Trump defiance of Congress
McGahn prepared to resign at one point rather than carry out Trump's instructions. Don McGahn leaves the White House on August 30, 2018.

Loot boxes should be banned, says United States senator
And if the children are playing the game who is designed for adults so they should be walled-off from impulsive transactions. Games that employ these tactics are often free-to-play, and they primarily make money this way, if not through ads.

Al-Falih, the Saudi energy minister, said the attacks on the two Saudi tankers happened at 6 a.m. Sunday.

- In July 2010, Japanese oil tanker M Star was attacked in the Strait.

But could the alleged "act of sabotage" be conveniently used to pin the blame on Iran - an arch-rival of many Gulf monarchies - and eventually become a prelude to military action against the country? Oil exports flowed also during the first Gulf War in 1990-91.

"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. The Brigades of Abdullah Azzam, a militant jihadist group, claimed responsibility.

When tensions rise in the Strait of Hormuz, history says trouble is ahead. News of the incident led to increased trading volatility as the US ratcheted up pressure on Iran, with investors also trying to price in a potential full-blown trade war between the USA and China.

These false reports came after the warning put out by the United States government alerting sea traffic to the perceived threat posed by Iranian ships.

Related Articles

  • Guns N’ Roses take legal action against brewery's Guns ‘N’ Rosé beer

    Guns N’ Roses take legal action against brewery's Guns ‘N’ Rosé beer

    The Oskar Blues website describes the beer as, "a crisp AF, subtly hopped rosé-style ale brewed with prickly pear and hibiscus". Axl Rose and Slash, lead singer and lead guitarist of US rock band Guns N' Roses , perform during their "Not in This Lifetime".
    Kodak Black Arrested on Weapons Charges

    Kodak Black Arrested on Weapons Charges

    Kodak Black attends the 4th Annual TIDAL X: Brooklyn at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on October 23, 2018 in New York City. Marshals Service said in a news release that Black was arrested Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
    Pair of Game 7s await to end Round 2 in NBA

    Pair of Game 7s await to end Round 2 in NBA

    These two teams combined for 227 points in game six, which was over the projected point total of 213. "I don't know. A month ago, I would have chosen the 76ers to win this series, but the Raptors are playing elite ball right now.
  • Trump warns China about harsher trade deal if reelected

    Trump warns China about harsher trade deal if reelected

    Earlier Friday, the US increased tariffs on approximately $200 billion worth of Chinese goods from 10 percent to 25 percent. The Chinese trade representative on Thursday responded that the tariff hike is quite a disadvantage for both the countries.
    Lucha Libre Wrestler Silver King Dies At London Performance

    Lucha Libre Wrestler Silver King Dies At London Performance

    As Silver King, Barron found worldwide success, appearing in the USA's World Championship Wrestling (WCW) from 1997 to 2000. In 2006 he appeared alongside Jack Black in movie Nacho Libre , a comedy about wrestling in Mexico.
    3-drawer chests recalled, 1 death reported | Instant Recall

    3-drawer chests recalled, 1 death reported | Instant Recall

    South Shore furniture is recalling a chest of drawers due to a serious tip-over and entrapment hazard after one person died. The agency said almost 7,000 Libra dressers have been sold in Canada, 310,000 in the USA and about 5,600 in Mexico.
  • Baggies pay the penalty as Aston Villa edge first leg

    Baggies pay the penalty as Aston Villa edge first leg

    Rodriguez was teed up on the edge of the box and it took a fine save from Steer to turn the striker's shot onto the crossbar. I think Albion came here to sit behind the ball, slow the game down and take their time with throw-ins, free-kicks.
    Hinduja Brothers Take Back Top Spot In Annual Rich List

    Hinduja Brothers Take Back Top Spot In Annual Rich List

    Mr Corbyn told the Mirror: " The Sunday Times Rich List is a stark reminder of the grotesque inequality that scars our society". The wealthiest woman in Britain is Sigrid Rausing, granddaughter of the man who invented the Tetra Pak packaging fortune.
    At least three unaccounted for after explosion at gas station in Virginia

    At least three unaccounted for after explosion at gas station in Virginia

    The Rockbridge County School Board said a nearby elementary school was evacuated Friday, CBS affiliate WDBJ-TV reported. Four adults have been taken to hospitals across the region and are being treated for injuries, according to Garletts.
  • Just in time for the Wiki-end: Chelsea Manning released from prison

    Just in time for the Wiki-end: Chelsea Manning released from prison

    If a judge were to determine that incarcerating Ms Manning were punitive rather than coercive, she would not be jailed. Within hours, the USA unsealed an indictment against him.
    Virgil Van Dijk named Premier League Player of the Season

    Virgil Van Dijk named Premier League Player of the Season

    With the two games (as well as the Prem's eight others) kicking off simultaneously, the drama would play out over 90 minutes. Sometimes you can't play as nicely as you'd like, but even with that, we are there. "We will go again", said Klopp.
    Chelsea target Barcelona midfielder Coutinho as Hazard replacement

    Chelsea target Barcelona midfielder Coutinho as Hazard replacement

    However, the 12th of May is already a special date for English football fans, especially if you support Watford or Leicester. The forward said that he had told the club of his future plans "a couple of weeks ago",...