The Middle East is very alert today after two oil tankers were apparently attacked in the Gulf of Oman.
Two tankers are said to have been evacuated and Great Britain has been cautioned at & # 39; extreme caution & # 39; insisted that the ships were hit by explosions.
One source described an oil tanker as & # 39; on fire and adrift & # 39; just weeks after four tankers were attacked in a mysterious act of sabotage off the coast of the UAE that Washington believes was the work of Iran.
The American Fifth Fleet has said that it received emergency calls from two ships, allegedly the MT Front Altair and the Kokuka Courageous.
Two oil tankers are said to have been hit by explosions today, just weeks after four ships were attacked in the Middle East (pictured, one of the tankers damaged)
A forwarder said there was an explosion & # 39; suspected of an outside attack & # 39; possibly involving a magnetic mine on the Kokuka.
& # 39; All crew members have left the ship safely and have been picked up by Vessel Coastal Ace. Kokuka Courageous is adrift without any crew on board, & the source said.
Commander Joshua Frey, a spokesman for the fifth US Navy fleet in Bahrain, said his command & # 39; was aware & # 39; of a reported incident in the area.
The Maritime Trade Operations of the United Kingdom, which is run by the British navy, issued a warning this morning, but did not further explain the incident.
The coordinates provided by the British group for the incident brought it about 25 kilometers off the Iranian coast.
Iranian state television, citing Lebanese news channel Al-Mayadeen, said that two oil tankers were targeted by the Gulf of Oman, but did not provide evidence to support the allegation.
High tensions in the Middle East have led to fears that any sudden movement can escalate into a war.
The possible attack today will further spiral them forward, while Japanese Prime Minister visits Iran in an effort to calm the situation.
The Norwegian oil tanker Andrea Victory, one of the four boats damaged in the Gulf, was pictured last month with a big dent in the stern
On Wednesday, following discussions with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Mr. Abe warned that any & # 39; accidental conflict & # 39; that could be fueled amid the heightened tensions between the US and Iran should be avoided.
Mr. Abe today meets the Egyptian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday, the second and last day of his visit.
His message came only a few hours after Yemen & Iranian-backed Houthi rebels attacked a Saudi airport, injuring 26 people.
The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen immediately blamed Iran and said Tehran was the rebel group of advanced weapons & # 39; had given.
Saudi officials said the attack & # 39; proves that these terrorist militias have taken over new special weapons & # 39; (and) the continuation of the support and practice of the Iranian regime of cross-border terrorism. & # 39;
A rebel TV network acknowledged the attack and said Houthi troops had fired a cruise missile.
The government of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (left) previously warned Donald Trump (right) that his army & # 39; is completely ready for all possible circumstances & # 39; in the Middle East amid the spiral violence between the two nations
Last month, the Houthi forces claimed responsibility for sabotaging Saudi oil tankers in the Gulf of Yemen.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were confused about the extent of the damage, but photos showed at least one tanker with a hole in its hull.
The mysterious sabotage caused tensions in the Middle East because the US blamed Iran and its allies for the attack – the divers said they were the work of magnetic explosives.
The situation deteriorated after two pumping stations on a large Saudi oil pipeline were attacked by explosively loaded drones, stopping the flow of crude oil.
The scene at Abha airport in Saudi Arabia in the early hours of Wednesday as emergency services respond to a rocket attack claimed by Houthi rebels
The attack on Wednesday is the newest point of the fire in the escalating tension in the Middle East, which broke out again last month after tankers and an oil pipeline were attacked
The incidents led to the fear that a Gulf War & # 39; by accident & # 39; erupted with great vigilance with the American and Iranian soldiers because of the high tensions between Washington and Tehran.
Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani has threatened to stop the 2015 nuclear deal with the West, which has already stopped after Donald Trump withdrew last year.
The US received B-52 bombers and an attack ship to support an aircraft carrier in the region.
Donald Trump's White House has not ruled out military action against Iran, although both parties maintain that they do not want war.
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said there will be no war while US foreign minister Mike Pompeo said that the US is basically not looking for war.
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