Saudi Arabia said two of its oil tankers came under attack off the coast of the UAE on Sunday, shortly after the UAE said four of its vessels had been sabotaged amid rising tensions in the Gulf.
Khalid al-Falih, the Saudi energy minister, said on Monday the Saudi oil tankers were attacked off the coast of Fujairah, one of the seven emirates that make up the UAE.
He said that there were no casualties or oil spills, but that the attacks had caused “significant damage to the structures of the two vessels.”
Tensions have risen in the year since President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry called the incidents “worrisome and dreadful” and asked for an investigation into the matter.