A damaged Andrea Victory ship is seen off the Port of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, May 13, 2019. REUTERS/Satish Kumar
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Two Saudi oil tankers and a Norwegian-flagged vessel were damaged in what Gulf officials described Monday as a "sabotage" attack off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. While details of the incident remain unclear, it raised risks for shippers in a region vital to global energy supplies at a time of increasing tensions between the U.S. and Iran over its unraveling nuclear deal with world powers. The U.S. issued a new warning to sailors as the UAE's regional allies condemned Sunday's alleged attack that the UAE says targeted four ships off the coast of its port city of Fujairah.A statement from Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said the kingdom's two oil tankers, including one due to later carry crude to the U.S., sustained "significant damage".Emirati officials identified the third ship as the Saudi-flagged oil tanker Amjad.Tensions have risen since Trump withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and restored sanctions that have pushed Iran's economy into crisis.Hook said Pompeo also discussed reported attacks on several oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.
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