Four oil tankers anchored in the Mideast were damaged by what Saudi Arabian and U.S. officials claim as sabotage. The United States blames Iran for the damage, as the attack was an attempt to disrupt the global energy market.
On Monday American officials claimed that the initial assessment, that was conducted by a U.S. team sent in to investigate the incidents, showed that Iran or Iranian-backed proxies used explosives to blow holes in the four ships.
The damages come as tensions between Iran and the United States soar. Further, President Donald Trump said about the matter; “It’s going to be a bad problem for Iran if something happens.”
The U.S. had warned sailors of the potential for attacks by Iran or groups it backs on commercial sea traffic just days before the alleged sabotage and regional allies of the United Arab Emirates condemned the incidents as the tankers were off the coast of the UAE port city of Fujairah.
A U.S. official told the Associated Press that each ship sustained a 5-10 foot hole near or just below the water line. The damage was suspected of having been caused by explosive charges.
After the suspected sabotage of oil tankers, Saudi Arabia claimed that drones had attacked one of its pipelines as other assaults targeted energy infrastructure elsewhere in the kingdom on Tuesday.
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The attacks not only target Saudi Arabia but the safety of the world’s energy supply and global economy. The United States dispatched USS Abraham Lincoln, and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf to counter threats from Tehran.
The United Nations, in response to the mounting tension, called on “all concerned parties to exercise restraint for the sake of regional peace, including by ensuring maritime security” and freedom of navigation, U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said.