Gulf states are sounding the alarm, calling for an international response to attacks on oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz.
Two ships were damaged by explosions on Thursday. Four were targeted last month.
CGTN’s Toby Muse reports.
Speaking Saturday, the United Arab Emirates foreign minister said the attacks, involving limpet mines, were the work of a state actor, but he stopped short of accusing any country.
The U.S. government blames Iran for the attacks, something Iran has denied.
The crew of the Norwegian-owned oil tanker which was hit Thursday arrived in Dubai Saturday. These latest attacks are adding to the tension in the region.
European countries are urging for a de-escalation amid concerns over potential military conflict.
The British ambassador to Iran was reportedly summoned to the foreign ministry after the UK accused Iran of being behind the attacks.
The Times of London reports that 100 Royal Marines are being sent to the region to protect British oil shipments.
All of this has rattled the energy markets which have seen oil prices jump by four percent.
U.S. President Donald Trump is blaming Iran for attacks on oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz. He even phoned into a national news program to call Iran “a nation of terror” – an accusation that echoes the sentiment of others in his administration. Iran denies involvement.