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Saudi Arabia calls urgent Gulf, Arab League meetings over tensions

AFP  |  Riyadh 

has called for urgent meetings of the regional and the to discuss escalating tensions in the Gulf, the Saudi official agency said on Saturday.

The said had invited Gulf leaders and Arab states to two emergency summits in on May 30 to discuss recent "aggressions and their consequences" in the region.

Tensions have soared in the Gulf with the US deploying an and bombers to the region over alleged threats from

Four ships including two Saudi were damaged in mysterious sabotage attacks Sunday off Fujairah, an emirate located at the crucial entrance to the Gulf.

That incident was followed by drone strikes Tuesday by Yemen's Huthi rebels on a major Saudi oil pipeline, which provided an alternative export route if the closed.

has repeatedly threatened to prevent shipping in Hormuz in case of a military confrontation with the United States, which has imposed sanctions on in recent months Despite international scepticism, the has been pointing to increasing threats from Iran, a long-time enemy and also a rival of US allies and

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First Published: Sun, May 19 2019. 04:45 IST