Saudi authorities reported the damage to two of its oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman shortly after the US reported the threat of attacks on commercial vessels by Iran.
According to the Foreign Ministry of the Kingdom, the incident occurred near the waters of the United Arab Emirates. “Third party saboteurs” damaged ships in the port of Fujairah. There were no dead and injured, no leakage of raw materials, but it is reported that the design of the ships caused “significant damage.”
One of the two damaged vessels was sent to the Saudi port of Ras Tanura for crude oil. The consignee was a customer of Saudi Aramco in the United States. The Saudi authorities did not disclose the details of the attack and possible suspects.
As a result of the incident, the price of oil rose by 1.1 percent, and the markets of Saudi Arabia and the UAE showed a drop in prices.
A number of States in the region, including Iran, condemned the sabotage. On May 10, US Maritime Administration (MARAD) warned of possible attacks by Iran and its allies on American merchant ships and their partners in the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea and the Bab El Mandeb Strait.
On May 6, it became known that Iran plans to sell oil on the gray market to circumvent US sanctions against its raw materials.