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3 Western countries part of probe into attack on ships: UAE

AFP  |  Dubai 

Three Western countries will be part of an investigation into mysterious "attacks" on ships in the Gulf, an Emirati said on Tuesday.

The official, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity, said the United States, and were involved in the investigation along with the and

The said the investigation into Sunday's incident was launched with the support of the Western experts.

The ships -- including two Saudi oil tankers, an Emirati ship and the Norwegian tanker Andrea Victory -- were docked in the sea off the coast of Fujairah, the added.

Neither nor the UAE gave details on the nature of the attacks or accused anyone of responsibility.

port is the only located on the Arabian Sea coast, bypassing the Strait of Hormuz, through which most Gulf pass.

has repeatedly threatened to close the strait in case of a military confrontation with the

The has already strengthened its military presence in the region, including deploying a number of strategic bombers in response to alleged Iranian threats.

Shiite-majority rivals Sunni-ruled for influence in the Middle East, with the two taking opposing sides in multiple regional conflicts including in

On Tuesday, drone attacks claimed by Iran-aligned rebels shut down one of Saudi Arabia's major oil pipelines, further ratcheting up Gulf tensions after the of the ships.

Saudi Arabia, the world's largest crude exporter and OPEC kingpin, said two pumping stations had been targeted early Tuesday.

Huthi rebel wrote on that the attacks were "a response to the aggressors continuing to commit genocide" against the Yemeni people.

Saudi Arabia and the intervened in the war to bolster the internationally recognised government's efforts against the Huthis in March 2015.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 00:05 IST
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