Saudi Arabia says it disrupts attack on offshore oil field

Xavier Trudeau
Juin 19, 2017

They headed towards the platform of the oil field.

According to SPA, the boats did not respond to warning shots by Saudi naval forces before one was captured and found to be carrying weapons "for subversive" purposes.

The statement said the boats carried "red and white flags".

Saudi Arabia did not say who it suspected in the disrupted attack.

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said the oil market is heading in the right direction but still needs time to rebalance, the London-based newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported on Monday.

Compliance in April and May with the OPEC-led output deal was above 100 percent, he said.

Two other boats that also approached Marjan managed to escape after the Saudi navy fired warning shots, the agency reported.

The seized craft was "loaded with weapons for subversive purposes", it said, but gave no details.

The official confirmed the three small boats, bearing red and white flags, entered the Saudi territorial waters in the Gulf.

Iran's Tasnim news agency said on Saturday that Saudi border guards had opened fire on an Iranian fishing boat in the Gulf on Friday, killing a fisherman.

Saudi Arabia regularly accuses Shiite-dominated Iran of interfering in Middle Eastern countries, and has suggested it is linked to instability in the kingdom's east, where minority Shiites live.

Riyadh, the UAE, Egypt and others severed diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar two weeks ago, accusing Doha of supporting groups, including some backed by Iran, "that aim to destabilise the region".

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