Mystery shrouds 'sabotage' of oil tankers in tense Gulf

Reporters capture images of the Saudi oil tanker Al-Marzoqah, one of the four tankers damaged in alleged "sabotage attacks" in the Gulf on May 13, 2019. Saudi Arabia said two of its oil tankers were damaged in mysterious "sabotage attacks" in the Gulf as tensions soared in a region already shaken by a standoff between the United States and Iran. AFP PHOTO | EMIRATI NATIONAL MEDIA COUNCIL

What you need to know:

  • Washington and its Gulf allies stopped short of blaming Tehran for what the UAE and Saudi Arabia called the "sabotage" of four ships, including two Saudi oil tankers, on Sunday.
  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hit back, saying the Islamic republic was "too great to be intimidated by anyone".
  • Oil prices initially spiked in response to news of the attacks, but were largely flat in trading on Tuesday.



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