Report: “State Actor” Behind Oil Tanker Sabotage

first published on June 8, 2019 by

A UAE-led investigation has concluded that a “state actor” must be behind the May 12, 2019 attacks against multiple oil tankers and commercial vessels near the Strait of Hormuz, due to the high level of sophistication necessary to carry it out.

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Expert fast boat navigators and a team of underwater demolition divers would have been needed to carry out the sabotage, according to the report. Magnetic limpet mines were attached to the hulls of the ships, which caused significant damage without making a noticeable explosion.

Two Saudi ships, one Emirati vessel, and a Norwegian vessel were all targeted by the attacks.

Emirati officials stopped short of implicating Iran by name when presenting the investigation to the UN Security council.


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