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Britain warns of conflict 'by accident' in Gulf

AFP  |  Brussels 

British on Monday issued a stark warning of the dangers of conflict erupting "by accident" in the Gulf, as tensions between the and soar.

said Monday that two of its were damaged in "sabotage attacks" in the Gulf, with its arch-rival calling for an investigation and warning of "adventurism" by foreign players to disrupt maritime security.

The region is already on edge because of the standoff between and over the nuclear deal, and Hunt said he would share Britain's concerns with US in on Monday.

"We are very worried about the risk of a conflict happening by accident with an escalation that is unintended on either side but ends with some kind of conflict," Hunt said as he arrived for a meeting of EU foreign ministers.

"I think what we need is a period of calm, to make sure everyone understands what the other side is thinking and most of all we must make sure we don't end up putting Iran back on the path to renuclearisation, because if Iran becomes a nuclear power its neighbours are likely to want to become nuclear powers.

"This is already the most unstable region in the world and it would be a massive step in the wrong direction."

The UAE said on Sunday that four commercial vessels of various nationalities had been targeted by acts of sabotage off the emirate of Fujairah.

Saudi said the two tankers suffered "significant damage" but there were no casualties or any

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First Published: Mon, May 13 2019. 15:26 IST