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World Explosion damages oil tanker off Saudi Arabia

16:41  25 november  2020
16:41  25 november  2020 Source:   aljazeera.com

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A Greek-operated oil tanker has been damaged by a mine explosion near a Saudi port in the Red Sea, the local authorities have confirmed. The explosion took place within the limits of the port of Jiddah in the Saudi Arabia ’s Jazan province, which borders war-torn Yemen to the south, and

The Explosion of Sabity Oil tanker occurred on 11 October 2019 and damaged two storerooms aboard the oil tanker Sabity belonging to the National Iranian Tanker Company sailling to Syria, into the Red Sea near the Saudi port city of Jiddah.

An explosion has damaged an oil tanker off the coast of Saudi Arabia in the Red Sea near the border with Yemen, according to a private security firm.

The blast on Wednesday hit the MT Agrari, a Maltese-flagged, Greek-managed vessel off the coast of Shuqaiq.

A statement from the Agrari’s operators quoted by The Associated Press news agency said the tanker “was attacked by an unknown source”.

“The Agrari was struck about 1 meter above the waterline and has suffered a breach. It has been confirmed that the crew are safe and there have been no injuries.”

The ship was still floating off the coast and had been boarded by Saudi officials, the company said. Saudi Arabia did not immediately acknowledge the incident.

Ambrey, a British security firm, reported the blast and attributed it to a mine.

It came after a cruise missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi rebels struck an oil facility in Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea city of Jeddah on Monday.

A Saudi-led military coalition has been battling the Houthis since March 2015.

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