‘External source’ causes oil tanker explosion from Saudi Arabia


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – An explosion occurred after an oil tanker from Saudi Arabia’s port city of Jidah hit an “external source” early Monday, a shipping company said, suggesting another ship Come out of the state. Its years old war in Yemen.

The BW group said in a statement that Singapore-flagged BW Rhine saw all 22 sailors fleeing without injury. The company warned that it was possible to have some oil leaking from the site of the explosion.

Saudi Arabia did not immediately accept the explosion, which closed an important port and distribution center for its oil trade. Last month, a mine damaged another Saudi Arabian tanker in an attack in which authorities blamed Yemen’s Houthi rebels.

The United Kingdom Marine Trade Operations, an organization under Britain’s imperial navy, urged vessels in the region to be cautious and said the investigation was continuing.

Dryad Global, a maritime intelligence firm, also reported the explosion. No one immediately explained the reason.

The US Navy’s 5th Fleet, which patrols the Midiator, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The explosion occurred last month after a Saudi Arabian ship was damaged and damaged. Another mysterious attack earlier this month targeted a cargo ship in the small port city of Nishtun, Yemen’s far east.

The Iranian-backed Houthi rebels of Yemen have used sea mines before their long war against the Saudi-led coalition. However, the Houthis have not commented on last month’s attack.

Dryd Global said that if it was the Houthis behind Monday’s blasts, it would “represent a fundamental shift in both targeting capabilities and intent.”

The Red Sea is an important shipping lane for both cargo and global energy supplies, making any mining in the region a threat not only to Saudi Arabia but to the rest of the world. Mines can enter the water and then be carried away by weather-altering currents in the Red Sea.

The Red Sea has been mined before. According to a joint panel of experts investigating the Yemen war, in 1984, some 19 ships closed the mines there, only one of which was ever recovered and disarmed.

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