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UAE: four ships subjected to 'sabotage' off east coast

Christian Fernsby |
The United Arab Emirates said four commercial ships were subjected to "sabotage operations" after false reports circulated in Lebanese and Iranian media outlets saying there had been explosions at one of the nation's seaports.

Four commercial, civilian trading vessels of various nationalities this morning suffered acts of sabotage" off the UAE's eastern coast, the foreign ministry said in a statement carried by the WAM news agency.

"Subjecting commercial vessels to sabotage operations and threatening the lives of their crew is considered a dangerous development," the statement reads.

According to the statement, the ships were near the country's territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman, east of the port of Fujairah, Al Jazeera reported.

It said it was investigating the incident "in cooperation with local and international bodies", adding there were "no injuries or fatalities on board the vessels" and "no spillage of harmful chemicals or fuel".

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