Oil tankers suffer attacks in the Middle East

On Monday (13), Saudi Arabia confirmed that two oil tankers in the country were among the four that suffered attacks, while navigating the region of the Strait of Ormuz, near the coast of the United Arab Emirates. The statements are from the Saudi Minister of Energy, Khalid al-Falih. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are two of the largest oil producers on the planet.

The episode occurred around 6 a.m. Sunday (12), near Furaijah, one of the largest fuel supply centers in the world, at the time the vessels were on their way to the Persian Gulf. According to Falih, the attacks did not generate casualties or oil leaks at sea, however, they caused significant damage to the structures of the ships. After the attacks, the price of crude oil in the world markets has increased by 1.1%, with the barrel at US $71.77.

Commercial battle
The attack took place amid the conflict of the trade relationship between the United States and Iran, which fought a battle with breach of international agreement and imposition of economic sanctions. However, the incident, which was classified as "an attempt to undermine the security of international supply", has not been charged with guilty.

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