The Saudi port of Yanbu was witness to a possible attack on Tuesday (April 27) after black smoke rose from the port city. The attack comes amidst a series of attacks across cities in the Middle East with a shadow war being conducted between Israel and Iran. The kingdom of Saudi Arabia didn’t acknowledge the incident at the time of writing.
The attack also comes at a time when the United Sates and Iran are discussing over how to go back to the 2015 the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement.
The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, the arm of British Navy which coordinates the management of merchant ships, and yachts in the Gulf of Aden area said that it was aware of the incident, and is awaiting further instructions.
Maritime security firm Neptune P2P Group reported that black smoke was seen billowing near the south entrance of the Yanbu port. British maritime security firm Ambrey reported an “incident” offshore western Saudi Arabia between the ports of Yanbu and Rabigh.
Earlier this morning, smoke was seen rising from a vessel off the Saudi oil-shipping port of of Yanbu, the firm reported. Multiple tankers remain anchored or drifting in the area.
King Fahd port control at Yanbu broadcast a message by marine VHF radio warning vessels to increase their level of alertness and monitor for any suspicious activity, Ambrey said.
The attack comes just days after Iran’s key reactor Natanz nuclear facility was sabotaged which was said to have been orchestrated by Israel.
With inputs from PTI