UN / TANKERS ATTACKS REAX

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UN Secretary-General “is following with growing concern recent incidents and hardening rhetoric in the Gulf region” and also “condemns the recent attacks on commercial vessels of the coast of United Arab Emirates,” the UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York on Wednesday. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 15 MAY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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15 MAY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“The Secretary-General is following with growing concern recent incidents and hardening rhetoric in the Gulf region, which threatens to further destabilize an already volatile situation. In particular he condemns the recent attacks on commercial vessels of the coast of United Arab Emirates and stresses the need for further investigation to determine the facts and hold accountable the perpetrators. He also condemns the drone attacks on oil facilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for which the Houthi have claimed responsibility. The Secretary-General recalls that attacks targeting civilian infrastructure violate international humanitarian law. The Secretary-General calls upon all actors to exercise maximum restraint and prevent any escalation amid heightened tensions.”
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UN Secretary-General “is following with growing concern recent incidents and hardening rhetoric in the Gulf region” and also “condemns the recent attacks on commercial vessels of the coast of United Arab Emirates,” the UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York on Wednesday (15 Wed).

Four commercial ships, anchored off the coast of Fujairah, the United Arab Emirates were reportedly hit with “unknown objects” last Sunday (12 May) leaving visible, but non-threatening damage to vessels. There were no injuries or fatalities reported from the attack. Two days later, Houthi rebels in Yemen attacked oil facilities in Saudi Arabia using drones, causing fire and minor damage.

In a statement to media, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said “the Secretary-General is following with growing concern recent incidents and hardening rhetoric in the Gulf region, which threatens to further destabilize an already volatile situation.”

Dujarric also said the Secretary-General “condemns the recent attacks on commercial vessels of the coast of United Arab Emirates and stresses the need for further investigation to determine the facts and hold accountable the perpetrators.”

He also condemns the drone attacks on oil facilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for which the Houthi have claimed responsibility, calling “upon all actors to exercise maximum restraint and prevent any escalation amid heightened tensions.”
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