A Greek-operated oil tanker has been damaged by a mine explosion near a Saudi port in the Red Sea, the local authorities have confirmed. The incident is suspected to stem from Riyadh’s protracted war with Yemen rebels.
The crude oil tanker, identified as TMS Tankers-operated Agrari in reports, has sustained hull damage from an “attack”, receiving a breach about one meter above the waterline, the Saudi authorities said. A report by the maritime security firm Ambrey said a magnetic mine was likely used to cause the damage. No injuries were reported from the blast.
The explosion took place within the limits of the port of Jiddah in the Saudi Arabia’s Jazan province, which borders war-torn Yemen to the south, and remains floating off the coast. According to Ambrey, before the incident it had unloaded its cargo at the Shuqaiq Steam Power Plant.
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