Saudi Arabia claims that two tankers have been struck close Straight of Hormuz
Two Saudi Arabia oil tankers experienced substantial damage in a weekend assault close the Strait of Hormuz, energy minister of the kingdom said, in the midst of increased military pressures in the Persian Gulf.
At 6 a.m., the Saudi tankers were targeted. The minister, Khalid al-Falih, said Monday off the east coast of the United Arab Emirates as they prepared to cross into the Persian Gulf. The assault did not result in an oil spill, Mr. Falih said through the official Saudi Press Agency, but it resulted in “important harm to the structures of the two ships.”
The U.S. said it’s sending an aircraft carrier, bombers and a Patriot antimissile battery to the Persian Gulf to combat what the Trump administration claims is a increasing Iranian dange. Washington has imposed crippling financial penalties on Iran in order to force Iran to relinquish regional influence, restrain its military operations and prevent attacking Israel.
Abbas Mousavi, spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, called the event “awful” and called for an inquiry into it, according to the semi-official press organization of ISNA.