Updated: 4 ships suffer ‘sabotage’ near UAE waters, says MoFaic

By Sheena Amos

Ship at Fujairah Port

No fatalities or injuries reported

ABU DHABI 12th May 2019: Four commercial ships were subjected to sabotage operations today, 12th May, near UAE territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman, east of Fujairah, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MoFAIC, has announced.

The ministry said that the concerned authorities have taken all necessary measures, and are investigating the incident in cooperation with local and international bodies.

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

Port Ops Normal

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. It called on the international community to assume its responsibilities to prevent such actions by parties attempting to undermine maritime traffic safety and security.

The ministry also described as ‘baseless and unfounded’ rumours earlier today, 12th May, of incidents taking place within the Port of Fujairah, saying that operations within the port were under way as normal, without any interruption.

GCC Secretary General condemns sabotage

RIYADH: Dr Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Secretary General of the GCC, has denounced the act of sabotage against four ships near UAE territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman, east of Fujairah.

Al Zayani described the act as a serious escalation which demonstrates evil intents by those who planned and carried it out, undermining the safety of maritime traffic in the region and threatening the safety and lives of those on board.

The GCC Secretary General called on the international community and international organisations concerned with maritime navigation to assume their political and legal responsibilities to prevent such acts by any parties attempting to undermine maritime traffic safety and security in this vital region.

“Such irresponsible acts will increase tension and conflicts in the region and expose its peoples to great danger,” he added.

Bahrain condemns sabotage

MANAMA: Bahrain strongly condemned the acts of sabotage which targeted commercial and civilian vessels near the territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates in the Gulf of Oman, east of Fujairah.

In a statement carried by Bahrain News Agency (BNA) today, the Bahraini Foreign Ministry denounced the criminal act which aimed at threatening the security and stability of marine navigation, affirming Bahrain’s solidarity with the United Arab Emirates in all the measures it takes to preserve its security and safeguard its interests.

It also urged the international community to assume its responsibility, guarantee the safety of marine navigation and confront all attempts to undermine international peace and security.

Egypt condemns sabotage

CAIRO: Egypt has vehemently condemned the act of sabotage against four ships near the UAE’s territorial waters.

In a statement issued today, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry condemned all acts that would harm the national security of the UAE and safety of its land and sea borders.

It stressed the solidarity of the Egyptian government and people with the UAE in confronting all the challenges it may face and all attempts to destablise its security.

The Ministry also reiterated the strong and special relations between the two countries, their joint action to confront all treats to their security and taking all necessary procedures to maintain UAE’s security, stability and prosperity.

Yemen condemns sabotage

ADEN: Yemen has condemned the act of sabotage against four ships near the UAE’s territorial waters.

In a statement issued today and carried by Yemen News Agency, Saba, the Yemeni Foreign Ministry said that such acts constitute a direct threat to regional and international security and peace.

“Those behind the acts seek to destablise the region and to undermine the safety, security and stability of the brotherly UAE.”

The ministry affirmed Yemen’s support to the leadership and people of the UAE. It also stressed the need to punish those involved in such cowardly act.

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