The obvious sabotage took place near the territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates in the Gulf of Oman, east of the Emirate of Fujairah, the country's foreign ministry said Sunday.
The ministry did not address the nature of the alleged sabotage, nor did it provide any clues as to who might be responsible, including whether it was carried out by individuals or a larger group or a larger country.
Two Saudi Arabian oil tankers On Monday, the state-run Saudi Saudi press agency cited Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih.
While the agency did not mention any casualties or oil spills, it stated that there had been "significant damage" to the structures of the two ships.
The UAE Ministry said the authorities worked with local and international authorities to investigate the incident, which it described as "dangerous development." It said there were no injuries or deaths.
"The international community must shoulder its responsibilities to prevent parties from seeking to jeopardize maritime safety. "
The alleged incident occurred less than 24 hours after the UAE government rejected reports that seven oil tankers were involved in an Iranian explosion Sunday morning first from the Lebanese satellite channel Pro-Hezbollah Al-Mayade promoted.
The news was later picked up by Iran's state press TV and other broadcasters.
"Port operations continue as usual," the Emirates News Agency said Sunday. "Media must be responsible and rely on official sources."
The US Energy Information Administration identifies the Strait of Hormuz as "the world's most important oil transit point," with an estimated 20% of the world's traded oil flowing across the canal, which is about 30 miles wide at its narrowest point. [1
The Gulf Cooperation Council condemned the "sabotage operations" with the Council Secretary General, Abdul Latif bin Rashid al-Zayani, calling the incident a "dangerous escalation (speaking of evil intentions)" of those who carried out the attack ,
"The Secretary-General calls on the international community and international maritime organizations to exercise their policies and legality in order to stop all those who seek to jeopardize safety or maritime transport in this strategic part of the world," states the explanation.
"These irresponsible actions only increase the tensions and conflicts in the region and jeopardize the interests of their peoples."
Mohammed Elshamy and Karen Smith of CNN in Atlanta and Nada AlTaher of Abu Dhabi contributed to this article.