Saudi Arabia said that maritime operations at Fujairah Port carry on as normal after four oil tankers were attacked off its coast.

Authorities described the attack as an attempt to undermine the security of crude supplies amid tensions between the United States and Iran.

The UAE has identified the vessels as very large crude carrier tanker Amjad and crude tanker Al Marzoqah, both owned by Saudi shipping firm Bahri. 

The other two were UAE-flagged fuel bunker barge a. Michel and Norwegian-registered oil products tanker MT Andrew victory.

Iran, which is embroiled in an escalating war of words with the United States over sanctions and the U.S. military’s presence in the region, moved to distance itself.