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GCC, Bahrain condemn sabotage attacks on commercial ships in the UAE

Tensions are building up in the region and fingers are pointing at the regime in Iran
Tensions are building up in the region and fingers are pointing at the regime in Iran

Reported by PMOI/MEK

 

UAE, May 13, 2019 - The Gulf Cooperation Council condemned the sabotage operations carried out against four commercial ships near United Arab Emirates’ waters.

GCC Secretary General Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani issued a statement saying this issue is escalating tensions and clashes in the region and threatening people’s interests.

Bahrain is also strongly condemning the sabotage operations against the four ships in the UAE’s Port
Fujairah, describing the measure as a terrorist attack threatening local maritime safety and security. Bahrain supports all measures adopted by the UAE to maintain its security and interests, and fully stands alongside this nation, the statement adds. The international community must live up to its responsibilities in regards to preserving maritime safety and security, and confronting any threats endangering international peace and security.

The sabotage attacks against UAE ships took place hours after Iranian and Lebanese outlets were posting fake news reports of explosions near the UAE port, according to the Associated Press.

The UAE Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Sunday indicating four commercial ships near the waters of this country were the targets of sabotage operations. This incident left no casualties.

Sabotage against commercial ships and the threat of employees’ lives being lost is considered a dangerous development, according to the UAE Foreign Ministry statement. The UAE has not provided more details of this incident and is emphasizing investigations with the cooperation of international authorities are ongoing in this regard.

The Saudi Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Monday indicating two of its oil tankers were also damaged in Sunday’s attack.

On Sunday morning, Fujairah officials were denying reports of explosions in the local port. Media outlets associated to the mullahs’ regime in Iran were citing the Lebanon-based al-Mayadeen media outlet reporting news of explosions targeting seven oil tankers in Port Fujairah.

The UAE Foreign Ministry issued a statement declaring the international community must rise to its responsibility of preventing efforts seeking to damage shipping lines. The UAE government emphasized the sabotage attack threatens global peace and security.

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