Two tankers were purportedly attacked and damaged shortly after exiting the Strait of Hormuz en route to Asia in the early hours of 13 June in a worrying escalation of tensions. The US swiftly accused Iran of conducting the attack, allegations which Iran “categorically rejects.”
The incident came just one day after Yemen’s Houthi fighters launched a rocket attack on the Abha airport in southern Saudi Arabia, wounding more than 20 civilians. The Houthis launched a second attack on 14 June, this time with drones. No casualties were reported. Tensions were already simmering in the Gulf and are rapidly approaching boiling point.
As supporting evidence for his accusations US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flagged up Iran’s 22 April threat to close the Strait of Hormuz: such rhetoric certainly doesn’t help Iran’s case (MEES, 26 April).
He also pointed to last month’s attack by the Iran-linked...