According to the Emirati Foreign Ministry, four merchant vessels had been targeted by “acts of sabotage” in Gulf waters off its coast.

“Four commercial, civilian trading vessels of various nationalities this morning suffered acts of sabotage off the UAE’s eastern coast,” the statement reads.

The government of Fujairah denied on Sunday media reports about several heavy explosions taking place at the emirate’s port, insisting that the port is functioning as usual.

“The press service of the Fujairah government denied media reports about powerful explosions in the emirate’s port earlier this day and confirmed that ship traffic is as usual,” the state-run WAM news agency reports.

Earlier in the day, the Lebanon-based al-Mayadeen broadcaster said, citing local media that several heavy explosions occurred in the port of Fujairah.

The blasts were heard between 4:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. local time (00:00 — 03:00 GMT), the broadcaster reported, adding that from seven to 10 oil tankers were in flames. The broadcaster continued by saying that the real cause of the incident has still been unknown.

Other reports, citing eyewitnesses, suggested that American and French warplanes have been seen flying over the port at the time of the incident.

Currently, there’s no information on possible casualties, while the authorities haven’t commented on the incident yet.

​Port of Fujairah is the only multi-purpose port on the Eastern seaside of the country and is connected to all other emirates within 300 km. The port stands some 70 nautical miles from the Strait of Hormuz, thus becoming increasingly important amid Iran’s threat to close the strait.

In July 2012, the UAE began utilising the Habshan-Fujairah oil pipeline from the Habshan fields in Abu Dhabi to the Fujairah, effectively bypassing the Strait of Hormuz.

Currently, the UAE is building the world’s largest crude oil storage facility in Fujairah, capable of storing up to 14 million barrels of oil.

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Source: Sputnik

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  1. When French-made Exocet anti-ship missiles hit the Seawise Giant :
    https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2017/08/25/10/4386B44500000578-4779070-image-a-17_1503653805628.jpg
    just the laaaargest ship EVER built : 458.45m long, more than 600,000 tons at full load…
    This is what happened :
    https://images.slideplayer.com/34/10219042/slides/slide_9.jpg
    And she sunk…

    There are pictures of the Seawise Giant, of the HMS Sheffield or the USS Stark after they’ve been hit by missiles, from a time you needed old-school cameras with film, nowadays, everybody has a phone-camera, and there are no pictures of all these ships in flames???
    C’mon! Al Mayadeen is fücking kidding!

    “At its founding in 2012, many of Al Mayadeen’s senior staff were formerly correspondents and editors at Al Jazeera. Al Mayadeen is viewed as pro-Hezbollah and pro-Syrian government.”
    => OK, they’re trying to provide a cover-up by accusing the French and the US to have perpetrated a false-flag…
    This is really ridiculous, 1st because French+German govt tried to salvage the JCPOA after the US pullout.
    Moreover, neither the US, nor the Saudis, nor the Emiratis are in need for a false flag if they decide for war!
    Why?
    Because thanks to IRGC or Iranian proxies like Houthis, Hezbollah, etc etc etc, they all have TRUCKLOADS of casus-belli !!!! Even Panama, Argentina, Bulgaria or India wouldn’t need any false flag since Iranian puppets did terror-attacks on their soil.
    Ah, this is the blow-back with state-sponsored terrorism : it falls under the Hague Convention article about the use of foreign militias as proxies to attack a state…
    These countries, would they attack, wouldn’t even need to send a declaration of war since Iran has already started the war, even if it was indirectly through their proxies.