UN notified of ships targeted in UAE waters

A motorist holds a fuel pump at a Gulf petrol station in London

But it demonstrated the raised risks for shippers in a region vital to global energy supplies as tensions are increasing between the U.S. and Iran over its unravelling nuclear deal with world powers.

In a statement carried by the state-run Saudi news agency, the kingdom's energy minister said the attack unfolded early Tuesday morning and targeted the oil facilities of state-owned oil giant Aramco.

Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal a year ago and slapped economic sanctions on the country, in a bid to choke off its oil exports and force it to accept more stringent limits on its nuclear and missile programs.

Saudi Arabia said its two tankers suffered "significant damage" but there was no oil spill.

Details of the alleged sabotage to two Saudi, one Norwegian and one Emirati oil tanker on Sunday remained unclear, and Gulf officials have declined to say who they suspect was responsible.

The incident happened 140 kilometres south of the Strait of Hormuz, where about a third of all oil traded by sea passes through. The stations, targeted around the same time early Tuesday, are located in al-Duadmi and Afif, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) west and 400 kilometers (250 miles) west of Riyadh city, respectively. The Iranian-sponsored Houthi rebels are fighting the internationally recognized government of President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, which is supported by the Saudi-led coalition.

Oil transit was disrupted in 1984 during the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988) when more than 500 vessels were destroyed or damaged in a "Tanker War".

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What do we know about the "sabotage"?

"The events that took place in the Emirates were Israeli mischief", declared Iranian parliamentary spokesman Behrouz Nemati, without providing any evidence for the allegation.

Iran has repeatedly threatened to close the strait in case of a military confrontation with the United States.

The team of United States military investigators discovered large holes in all four of the affected ships and believe they were caused by explosive charges, the Associated Press reports, quoting an unnamed official.

The alert, published on the embassy's website on Wednesday, comes after Washington last week said it had detected new and urgent threats from Iran and its proxy forces in the region targeting Americans and American interests.

"These attacks prove again that it is important for us to face terrorist entities, including the Houthi militias in Yemen that are backed by Iran", Falih said in an English-language statement issued by his ministry. "There is no concrete data, and until now, we still have no images showing the damage clearly", she told Asia Times. US officials believe Iran encouraged Yemen's Houthi group or Iraq-based Shia militias to carry out the attack, two USA government sources said on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, armed drones attacked two oil installations in Saudi Arabia, according to the Saudi authorities.

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