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US Officials Claim Iran or Iranian Proxies Damaged Ships in UAE Waters - Report
05-14-2019, 01:51 PM,
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US Officials Claim Iran or Iranian Proxies Damaged Ships in UAE Waters - Report
US Officials Claim Iran or Iranian Proxies Damaged Ships in UAE Waters - Report

<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">US officials said Monday that initial assessments of an incident over the weekend in which four oil tankers were damaged by explosions in Emirati waters point to Iranian involvement.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Four oil tankers — two Saudi, one Emirati and one Norwegian — off the coast of the Fujairah, in the United Arab Emirates, suffered on Sunday what the UAE Foreign Ministry called "sabotage operations." The explosion blew a five-to-10 foot hole in each ship near or just below the water line, a US military team told AP Monday.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">"Iranian or Iranian-backed proxies" are believed to be behind the attack, according to US officials.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">While the explosions weakened the structures of the four vessels, none suffered any injuries or deaths and no oil was leaked from the ships, Sputnik <a href="https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201905131074952717-iran-probe-sabotage-acts-vessels-uae/">noted</a>.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi earlier on Monday called the incident "worrisome and dreadful," adamantly denying Tehran's involvement.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">"Such incidents have a negative impact on maritime transportation security," Mousavi said, decrying the incident whether it was "orchestrated by ill-wishers" or "adventurism by foreigners."</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><a href="https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201905141074978151-US-Official-Initial-Assessment-Iran-Involved-Ship-Explosions/"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Read the entire article</span></a>

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