May 13, 2019 / 8:22 AM / 5 months ago

Factbox - Strait of Hormuz: the world's most important oil artery

(Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said on Monday that two Saudi oil tankers were among vessels targeted in a “sabotage attack” off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, condemning it as an attempt to undermine the security of global crude supplies.

The UAE said on Sunday that four commercial vessels were sabotaged near Fujairah emirate, one of the world’s largest bunkering hubs lying just outside the Strait of Hormuz. It did not say who was behind the operation, which took place amid heightened tensions between the United States and Iran.

Iran’s foreign ministry called the incidents “worrisome and dreadful” and asked for an investigation.

The Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping route linking Middle East oil producers to markets in Asia, Europe, North America and beyond, has been at the heart of regional tensions for decades.

Below is some background about the Strait:

HAVE THERE BEEN INCIDENTS IN THE STRAIT BEFORE?

Sources: Reuters/Refinitiv/Energy Information Administration

Reporting by Ahmad Ghaddar; Editing by Edmund Blair and Dale Hudson

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