In just north of the Yemeni border, a Greek-managed tanker at a Saudi Arabian terminal was damaged due to an explosion on Wednesday. It was a result of an attack that was confirmed by Saudi Arabia itself.
In what is described as a foiled terrorist attack, Saudi-led coalition in a statement said that a commercial vessel suffered minor damage from shrapnel. The firm operating the MT Agrari said in a statement carried by AP that their vessel was attacked by an unknown source, while at berth in Shuqaiq in Saudi Arabia after it had completed discharging and was preparing to depart. The Agrari was struck about 1 meter above the waterline and has suffered a breach. It has been confirmed that the crew are safe and there have been no injuries,” the operator added.
The company said that it has been confirmed that the crew is safe and that there have been no injuries. No pollution has been reported. And that the vessel is in ballast condition and stable. Adding to which they said that more investigation was underway.
There were 25 crew members onboard including seven Greeks and the tanker was flying a Maltese flag, said a Greek ministry press official. He added that The tanker was not carrying any cargo during the explosion.
The ship was damaged by a mine while berthed at the Shuqaiq Steam Power Plant (SSPP), said the British maritime security company Ambrey. It did not say when the incident happened but noted the vessel had arrived at al-Shuqaiq on Nov. 23.
The blast from a mine offshore Saudi Arabia near Yemen comes days after Houthi rebels in Yemen said on Monday they had fired a missile against a target in the Saudi city of Jeddah and had hit it. The group also warned that “operations will continue,” advising foreign companies and residents of Saudi Arabia to be cautious. Cross-border attacks on the kingdom was intensified due to the rising tension between Saudi Arabia and the Houthis.
The United Nations have called it as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster, where thousands of civilians are killed and millions of people are displaced till now.