Lebanon-Based Al-Mayadeen says blasts rock UAE's Fujairah port

Lebanon-Based Media Claims Blasts Rock Fujairah Port UAE Officials Deny Reports

Saudi Arabia said Monday two of its oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, and there had been "significant damage to the structures of the two vessels".

"Two Saudi oil tankers were subjected to a sabotage attack in the exclusive economic zone of the United Arab Emirates, off the coast of the Emirate of Fujairah, while on their way to cross into the Arabian Gulf", SPA cited Khalid al-Falih as saying.

Tensions are high in the area - a crucial oil and natural gas corridor.

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Russian Sputnik has quoted the Lebanon-based al-Mayadeen broadcaster as saying that several heavy explosions rocked the port of Fujairah in United Arab Emirates early on Sunday. "Subjecting commercial vessels to sabotage operations and threatening the lives of their crew is considered a risky development", the ministry statement said. It said the incident did not result in oil spills.

However, the reported incident came after the United States warned ships that "Iran or its proxies" could be targeting maritime traffic in the region, and as America deploys an aircraft carrier strike group and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf to counter alleged threats from Tehran, though no official has given details of them. However, the reported incident comes as the U.S.is deploying an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf to counter alleged threats from Tehran.

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The US Navy's 5th Fleet, which oversees the region, did not immediately offer comment. Reacting to the reports about explosions, authorities in Fujairah refuted the claims, stressing that the port was functioning as usual. But the head of parliament's national security committee tweeted "security of the south of the Persian Gulf is like glass".

It said that there had been no injuries or fatalities on board the vessels and that there had been no spillage of harmful chemicals or fuel.

The UAE says global bodies are helping with the investigation.

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