UAE says four vessels subjected to 'sabotage' near Fujairah port

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The MOFAIC statement said that the carrying out acts of sabotage on commercial and civilian vessels and threatening the safety and lives of those on board is a serious development.

The U.S. has issued a new warning to sailors and the UAE's regional allies also condemned the reported sabotage Sunday of four ships.

"Since early May, there is an increased possibility that Iran and/or its regional proxies could take action against USA and partner interests, including oil production infrastructure, after recently threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz", the warning read.

'Iran or its proxies could respond by targeting commercial vessels, including oil tankers, or USA military vessels in the Red Sea, Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, or the Persian Gulf'.

A tugboat moves cargo towards the Strait of Hormuz off the coast of Musandam province, Oman, July 20, 2018.

The ministry did not elaborate on the nature of the alleged sabotage, or offer any indication as to who might be responsible, including whether it was carried out by individuals or a larger group or country. America is deploying an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf to counter alleged threats from Tehran.

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No injuries or deaths were caused by the breach and no fuel was spilled, according to the country's foreign ministry which has so far stopped short of accusing someone for the incident.

The increasing tensions come as Teheran said last Wednesday (May 8) it had stopped respecting limits on its nuclear activities agreed under a 2015 deal with major powers.

However, the reported incident came after the U.S. 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.

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.

Fujairah port is the only terminal in the UAE located on the Arabian Sea coast, bypassing the Strait of Hormuz, through which most Gulf oil exports pass, and which Iran has repeatedly threatened to close in case of a military confrontation with the United States.

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