UN notified of ships targeted in UAE waters

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Norway, working with international partners, are investigating.
Thursday 16/05/2019
This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows the Emirati-flagged oil tanker A. Michel off the coast of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, Monday, May 13, 2019. (Maxar Technologies via AP)
This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows the Emirati-flagged oil tanker A. Michel off the coast of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, Monday, May 13, 2019. (Maxar Technologies via AP)

The governments of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Norway are notifying the United Nations that four commercial ships were targeted and at least three of them were damaged in the territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates on May 12.

In a written statement, the governments jointly say the incident "posed a threat to the safety and security" of international shipping and maritime navigation. It says no one was injured, but the hulls of at least three of the four ships were damaged.

Details around the acts of sabotage off the coast of the UAE's port of Fujairah remain unclear although suspicion has centered on Iran and its proxies. 

The joint statement by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Norway does not say who they suspect was responsible. It says the three countries, working with international partners, are investigating.

(With AP)