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UAE Says Attack on Tankers in Gulf of Oman is 'Dangerous Escalation'

© REUTERS / TASNIM NEWS AGENCYAn Iranian navy boat tries to stop the fire of an oil tanker after it was attacked in the Gulf of Oman, June 13, 2019
An Iranian navy boat tries to stop the fire of an oil tanker after it was attacked in the Gulf of Oman, June 13, 2019 - Sputnik International
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Explosions hit two tankers, the Front Altair and Kokuka Courageous in the Gulf of Oman on 13 June. Following the incident, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed that Tehran was behind the attack, while Iran denied all allegations, calling them baseless.

"The attack against the tankers in the Gulf of Oman is a worrying development and a dangerous escalation", the UAE minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, tweeted after Thursday's blasts.

Earlier in the day Iran also urged the United States and its allies in the Middle East to "stop warmongering" and stop conducting false flag operations in the region.

The blasts have also affected oil prices, making them jump 4.5%, with Brent crude hitting $62.64 per barrel and US crude touching $53.45.

The incident comes about one month after four oil tankers - two Saudi, one Norwegian, and one Emirati - were targeted in what Abu Dhabi described as "acts of sabotage" near the port of Fujairah.

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