Explosions in the news

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Contradictory and confusing news on a very major accident in Fujairah, UAE, Gulf of Oman, started to circulate since afternoon May 12, claiming that there were several explosions in Fujairah port area, and that as a result, at least seven tankers were set on fire. UAE officials condemned these rumors as “fake news”, insisting that nothing happened, and that the port is working without any accidents of any kind, let alone series of explosions and fires.

Later though, UAE admits there were accidents, describing them as “acts of sabotage”. In the evening UAE media Emirates News Agency published official press-release:

ABU DHABI, 12th May, 2019 (WAM) -- Four commercial ships were subjected to sabotage operations today, 12th May, near UAE territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman, east of Fujairah, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MOFAIC, has announced.

The Ministry said that the concerned authorities have taken all necessary measures, and are investigating the incident in cooperation with local and international bodies.

It said that there had been no injuries or fatalities on board the vessels and that there had been no spillage of harmful chemicals or fuel.
Four commercial ships subjected to sabotage operations near UAE territorial waters, no fatalities or injuries reported


Iranian PRESS TV claimed it identified tankers hit by explosions:
Despite the UAE government’s denial, witnesses have emphasized that the blasts have taken place and some media sources have even went further, identifying a number of oil tankers hit by the explosions by their hull numbers as follows:

Crude oil tanker AMJAD, IMO 9779800, dwt 300000, built 2017, flag Saudi Arabia.
Crude oil tanker
AL MARZOQAH, IMO 9165762, dwt 105084, built 1999, flag Saudi Arabia.
Product tanker
MIRAJ, IMO 9394741, dwt 7414, built 2007, flag Dominica.
Product tanker
A MICHEL, IMO 9177674, dwt 6711, built 2007, flag UAE..
Product tanker
FNSA 10, IMO 9432074, dwt 6453, built 2007, flag UAE.
PressTV-UAE confirms vessels targeted by 'sabotage' near port


Among allegedly struck tankers are one VLCC, one Aframax and three small tankers, most probably bunkering tankers.

What happened exactly, how bad were explosions and fire, if there were any, and what definition “act of sabotage” means, how much true is indeed, the whole story, is so far anyone’s guess.

At least three of abovementioned tankers, including VLCC and Aframax, are on the AIS, live, no interruptions. There are no auxiliary, or rescue, or fire, boats near them.

Apparently, if there were “acts of sabotage”
on or near at least three tankers listed above, first of all VLCC and Aframax, it didn’t happen in port, but on outer anchorage, so news on port being on fire, immersed in dense smoke, can be considered as fake news.

UAE (United Arab Emirates)
 

mabar

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What happened exactly, how bad were explosions and fire, if there were any, and what definition “act of sabotage” means, how much true is indeed, the whole story, is so far anyone’s guess.
And, still there are not images available ... something are being hatched and considering latest events...

Iran warns of ‘conspiracy by ill-wishers,’ urges probe into ‘sabotage attack’ off UAE coast
Sunday’s incident at Fujairah port was “alarming and regrettable,” a spokesman for Iranian Foreign Ministry, Abbas Mousavi, said in a statement on Monday. He cautioned against “adventurism by foreigners,” which could undermine the region’s stability and security, saying shipping and maritime safety is of paramount importance to Tehran.

Iran wants to know “the exact dimensions” of what happened at the UAE’s port, Mousavi continued. Until all details of the incident are found out, it is crucial to be wary of attempts by “ill-wishers” to disrupt regional security.
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Tehran itself is in no position to provoke confrontation in the Gulf but the US and its regional allies may feel free to pin the blame for the “sabotage operation” on Iran, believes Irina Fedorova, a senior fellow with Russia’s Institute for Oriental Studies.

A real armed conflict against Iran “would require sizeable financial and human resources,” she explained, adding that this is why Washington isn’t interested in going too far. Meanwhile, the US will ensure that its key ally Israel “doesn’t make any provocative actions” against Iran.
 

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Well, something stinks and I think Iran knows what really happened at Fujairah. At this point my guess is that the 7-10 ships being bombed by US/France military is probably really what happened, maybe in response to Israeli orders.
 

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Well, something stinks and I think Iran knows what really happened at Fujairah. At this point my guess is that the 7-10 ships being bombed by US/France military is probably really what happened, maybe in response to Israeli orders.
Well, lest hope things does not get out of hand, because everything will go to hell, literally ...as if we(the planet/humans) do not have enough.

US ‘smart enough’ not to want war against Iran unless Pompeo & Bolton get their way
The US is “smart enough” not to ignite a war with Iran because it will push the world to the brink of economic disaster and lead to a shortage of oil. But Washington and Gulf hawks could get their way, an analyst told RT.

https://youtu.be/uHLs9Z0Hy-o

RT received the first image and video of one of the ships that had been subjected to sabotage operations near the territorial waters of the UAE within 4 ships, without causing any human damage.

The UAE said in a statement that four civilian commercial cargo ships from several nationalities were subjected yesterday to sabotage operations near the territorial waters of the state, towards the east coast near the Emirate of Fujairah and near the territorial waters and the economic waters of the UAE,

---using google traductor
Other videos can be seen here Details of the attack on the four ships in the Gulf of Oman and a blow that almost drowned one of them , in Arabic, using google traductor is understandable

I can't figure out the description of explosions (Massive Explosions Reportedly Rock Fujairah Port in UAE, Oil Tankers on Fire-sputnik) with the almost imperceptible damage observed in the videos, of course I do not have that kind of expertise to determine it, but ...still ... Add,
---Norway's ship looked more damaged with that hole, and, it is mentioned that it was almost drown ...
 
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More info coming in.



Saudi Arabia Says Two Oil Tankers Attacked Amid Rising Iran Tensions
May 13th, 2019, 1:03 PM GMT+0200

Saudi Arabia claimed that two of its oil tankers were attacked while approaching the Strait of Hormuz. Bloomberg's Anthony Dipaola reports on "Bloomberg Surveillance." (Source: Bloomberg)

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Riyadh says fleet of 4 vessels targeted in mysterious acts of ‘sabotage’ off UAE coast amid soaring tensions with Iran
FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia said Monday that two of its oil tankers were targeted in “sabotage operations” off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in attacks the previous day that caused “significant damage” to the vessels, one of them as it was en route to pick up Saudi oil to take to the United States.

The announcement by the kingdom’s energy minister, Khalid al-Falih, came as the US issued a new warning to sailors and the UAE’s regional allies condemned Sunday’s incident that targeted at least four ships, including two Saudi tankers, off the port city of Fujairah.

Although details of the attacks were not disclosed, targeting tankers and commercial shipping vessels so close to the Persian Gulf has the potential to rattle global oil supplies.

The Saudi statement came just hours after Iranian and Lebanese media outlets aired false reports of explosions at Fujairah’s port. Emirati officials have declined to elaborate on the nature of the sabotage or say who might have been responsible.

The US has warned ships that “Iran or its proxies” could be targeting maritime traffic in the region. America is deploying an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf to counter alleged threats from Tehran.

Shortly after the Saudi announcement, Iran’s Foreign Ministry called for further clarification about what exactly happened with the vessels. The ministry’s spokesman, Abbas Mousavi, was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying that there should be more information about the incident.

Mousavi also warned against any “conspiracy orchestrated by ill-wishers” and “adventurism by foreigners” to undermine the maritime region’s stability and security.

The Saudi statement came just hours after Iranian and Lebanese media outlets aired false reports of explosions at Fujairah’s port. Emirati officials have declined to elaborate on the nature of the sabotage or say who might have been responsible.

The US has warned ships that “Iran or its proxies” could be targeting maritime traffic in the region. America is deploying an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf to counter alleged threats from Tehran.

Shortly after the Saudi announcement, Iran’s Foreign Ministry called for further clarification about what exactly happened with the vessels. The ministry’s spokesman, Abbas Mousavi, was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying that there should be more information about the incident.

Mousavi also warned against any “conspiracy orchestrated by ill-wishers” and “adventurism by foreigners” to undermine the maritime region’s stability and security.

The kingdom’s Foreign Ministry on Monday condemned the incident as a “criminal act,” threatening the “safety of maritime traffic, that reflects negatively on regional and international peace and security,” according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

Al-Falih also said the attack aimed to undermine the “security of oil supplies to consumers all over the world” and emphasized the “joint responsibility of the international community to protect” the safety of maritime navigation and oil tankers.

Underlining the regional risk, the general-secretary of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council described the incident as a “serious escalation.”

“Such irresponsible acts will increase tension and conflicts in the region and expose its peoples to great danger,” Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani said. Bahrain, Egypt, and Yemen’s internationally recognized government similarly condemned the alleged sabotage, as did the Arab League.

The UAE’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday put the ships near the country’s territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman, east of the port of Fujairah. It also said there were “no injuries or fatalities on board the vessels” and “no spillage of harmful chemicals or fuel.”

The US Navy’s 5th Fleet, which oversees the region, did not immediately offer comment.

On Monday, US benchmark crude oil added 78 cents to $62.44 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It lost 3 cents to $61.66 on Friday. Brent crude, the international standard, gained $1.14 to $71.76 per barrel.

Lebanon’s pro-Iran satellite channel, Al-Mayadeen, quoting “Gulf sources,” on Sunday falsely reported that a series of explosions had struck Fujairah’s port. State and semi-official media in Iran picked up the report from Al-Mayadeen, which later published the names of vessels it claimed were involved.

The AP, after speaking to Emirati officials and local witnesses, found the report about explosions at the port to be unsubstantiated.

Fujairah’s port is about 140 kilometers (85 miles) south of the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf through which a third of all oil at sea is traded. The facility handles oil for bunkering and shipping, as well as general and bulk cargo. It is seen as strategically located, serving shipping routes in the Persian Gulf, the Indian subcontinent and Africa.

The US Maritime Administration, a division of the US Transportation Department, warned last Thursday that Iran could target commercial sea traffic.


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters in flight after a previously unannounced trip to Baghdad, May 8, 2019. (Mandel Ngan/Pool Photo via AP

“Since early May, there is an increased possibility that Iran and/or its regional proxies could take action against US and partner interests, including oil production infrastructure, after recently threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz,” the warning read. “Iran or its proxies could respond by targeting commercial vessels, including oil tankers, or US military vessels in the Red Sea, Bab-el-Mandeb Strait or the Persian Gulf.”

The agency on Sunday issued a new warning to sailors about the alleged sabotage and urged shippers to exercise caution in the area for the next week. Publicly available satellite images of the area taken Sunday showed no smoke or fire.

It remains unclear if the previous warning from the US Maritime Administration is the same perceived threat that prompted the White House to order the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier strike group and B-52 bombers to the region on May 4.
 

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BBC on the Saudi Arabia Oil Tanker Attack


May 13, 2013 Ends at 07:58 of 52:29


WHY IS IT IN THE NEWS?

Since President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and others in Tehran have reinvigorated a long-made threat that the Islamic Republic could close off the strait. Meanwhile, Gulf officials say that a “sabotage” attack targeted oil tankers off the coast of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates. That’s a point where many ships travelling through the strait stop.

WHAT HAPPENS NOW?

U.S. forces routinely travel through the strait, despite sometimes-tense encounters with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, a paramilitary force answerable only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier and its strike group are expected to arrive after the White House deployed it there amid still-unspecified threats from Iran. Given the tension, any incident between Iranian and U.S. forces could escalate the situation. The Associated Press



 

c.a.

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This claim is another spark plug (within the disfo campaign), furthering the invasion by the deep state.

May 13, 2019 @ 20:54
A special unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards marine force carried out the sabotage attack Sunday on 4 Saudi oil tankers outside Fujairah port, DEBKAfile’s exclusive sources reveal. Iran chose this venue in the Gulf of Oman waters of the United Arab Emirates for its first proactive strike against US sanctions, because it is way off the beaten track of Gulf oil export routes. There were two other reasons:

(a) To show the US and Gulf oil nations that Tehran doesn’t need to block the Strait of Hormuz in order to disrupt the Gulf’s oil exports to international markets.

(b) The UAE has built the new Habshan-Fujairah oil pipeline there for the purpose of circumventing the Strait of Hormuz. By striking Fujairah, the Iranians demonstrated that alternative shipping routes are just as vulnerable to Iranian attack as the Gulf of Hormuz.

The above picture shows a direct hit to the Norwegian-flagged Andre Victoria oil tanker which was almost scuttled.

Our sources note that although war tensions between US and Iran were mounting sharply, Western intelligence and the Gulf emirates were caught off-guard by the location of the Iranian attack and its precise targeting. It is now estimated that Tehran carefully calibrated the blasts to cause damage while falling short of sinking the vessels or inflicting casualties.

The coming issued of DEBKA Weekly (for subscribers) out on Friday, May 17 calls on its expert military and intelligence experts for a closer, more detailed look at the Iranian operation, how it was accomplished and how it hoodwinked Western and Gulf intelligence watchers. To subscribe to DEBKA Weekly, click here.
Saudi Aramco Pumping Stations Targeted in Yemeni Drone Attack By Dana Khraiche May 14, 2019, 12:24 PM GMT+2 Updated on May 14, 2019, 1:03 PM GMT+2
Aramco suspends operations in area, but oil exports continue
Saudi Arabia said Tuesday that unidentified drones attacked two pumping stations belonging to Saudi Aramco, forcing the state oil company to suspend some operations in the area to assess the damage. Oil prices rose.

The stations are linked to a giant pipeline transporting oil from fields in the eastern sector to the port of Yanbu on the western coast, state-run Saudi Press Agency reported, citing the Energy Ministry. The pipeline has been halted, but Aramco is working to restore the link and Saudi oil exports are continuing as normal, SPA said.

The attack comes amid rising tensions in the Gulf as the U.S. increases pressure on Iran. On Monday, Saudi Arabia said two of its oil tankers were among several vessels attacked while sailing toward the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most important chokepoint for oil shipments.

Neither Saudi Arabia nor the U.A.E. said exactly what happened to the tankers or identified potential culprits. The manager of one of the tankers hit said, however, that the vessel had got a hole in its hull after being struck by an unknown object off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.

Saudi Arabia Says Oil Tankers Attacked as Iranian Tensions Rise

“These attacks prove again that it is important for us to face terrorist entities, including the Houthi militias in Yemen that are backed by Iran,” SPA said.
Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen said earlier in the day that they had targeted key Saudi installations using seven drones, according to the rebel-controlled Saba news agency.



 
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Translated from Arabic by Microsoft
First images of #السعودية targeted installations - #اليمن #الرياض #ارامكو #

Published time: 14 May, 2019 12:59
parliamentary spokesman said on Tuesday, as US-Iran tensions in the Persian Gulf continue to heat up.

“The events that took place in the emirates were Israeli mischief,” Behrouz Nemati said, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA)

While Nemati didn’t expand on why he believed there was involvement by Tel Aviv, he said it was the conclusion reached by the Iranian government after much debate on the issue.

On Sunday, two Saudi oil tankers, an Emirati barge and a Norwegian vessel, suffered damage after being targeted in waters near the emirate of Fujairah, in what the UAE’s Foreign Ministry called a series of “sabotage operations.” Both Saudi and UAE authorities have been tight-lipped about who they believe is the culprit behind the acts, however, and little information has been given about the extent of the damage incurred. Iran has called for a full probe into the incident, fearing“ill-wishers” want to disrupt regional security.

The acts of “sabotage” come at a time of growing tensions between Iran and the US, and shortly after the US Maritime Administration warned that “Iran and/or its regional proxies” are looking to target US and allied interests in the region, including oil infrastructure.

Washington has also been escalating its military presence in the Gulf, recently sending an aircraft carrier group and additional Patriot air defense systems as a “message” to Tehran.


Translated from Hebrew by Microsoft
Documentation currently being released from the damage to the fuel tankers that were attacked at the time of the port of Poeira in the UAE indicates that they were harmed by the location or a large charge that was declared in order to disable the ships, but did not turn it into significant harm in human life and an environmental pollution oil/oil spill. Apparently, it's an Iranian signal before escalation.
 

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Posted on May 14, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Initial reports of the events that took place on the 12th of May, in the United Arab Emirates, indicate that explosive charges or limpet mines were the primary culprits used in the sabotage attacks.

While Gulf officials have declined at this moment to comment on the alleged sabotage attack on the four vessels, some senior US officials have been more forthcoming with the results of their investigation.

In a statement to AP, a senior US official out of Washington who wishes to remain unnamed said that an American military team’s initial assessment was that Iran, or in the very least, Iranian allies were behind the attack.

He went on to suggest that explosive charges were used to blow holes in the vessels. The initial findings of divers who were sent to the vessels in order to assess the extent of the damage suggest that limpet mines might have been used in the attack.

For reference, limpet mines are explosive charges that use magnets in order to attach themselves to the hull of a ship.

The four vessels, of which two are Saudi Arabian, one is Norwegian, and one is Emirati, all received damage to their stern area. The explosives blew holes in the hull of the vessels ranging from 1.5 to 3 meters in size, just below the waterline.

While the vessels have received extensive damage due to the attacks, they all remain afloat and haven’t shown any sign of considerable water ingress. However, one of the vessels has been shown to list to one side.

While this latest incident raises questions as to the level of maritime security in the UAE, time will tell whether this is a one-off incident or a sign of things to come.

You can read the original story here.


3 views of a frogman with IDA71 rebreather breathing set, supplied with keeper plate to clip a limpet mine to his chest.
Meanwhile:
 

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In Giza, Egypt happened a bomb attack on a tourist bus and wounded 17 people. According to the Sott article it is the second attack in the last six months.

An explosion rocked a tourist bus near Egypt's Giza Pyramids wounding 17 people, according to officials.

The wounded included South African tourists and Egyptians, officials said on Sunday. There were no reports of deaths.

Pictures on social media showed at least one person covered in blood and a bus with some of its windows blown out or shattered.

The bomb went off on a road near the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is still under construction and not open to tourists.

Sunday's blast came as Egypt's vital tourism industry showed signs of recovery after years in the doldrums because of the political turmoil and violence that followed a 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Hosni Mubarak.

It was the second such incident involving foreign tourists near the famed pyramids in less than six months.

In December, three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian guide were killed when a roadside bomb hit a tour bus less than four kilometres from the Giza landmarks.

Timothy Kaldas, a political analyst and non-resident fellow at US-based The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, said it was "too early to know" who was responsible for Sunday's blast.

"The last time we had an attack on a tourist bus that had been leaving the pyramids in December no one ended up claiming responsibility," Kaldas told Al Jazeera.

He added that the Egyptian government has traditionally responded forcefully to such incidents.

"Historically these sorts of attacks have been followed by announcements of raids on different militant groups outposts," he said.
 

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A long list of comments by the French people are recorded.
Translated from French by Microsoft
Explosion at #Lyon corner Victor Hugo Street and Sala Street. Security perimeter set up. For your safety avoid the area.


The fallout!

 

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Published time: 1 Jun, 2019 11:20 2-3 minute Read Video's
A series of blasts rocked an explosives factory in the central Russian city of Dzerzhinsk, damaging almost 200 buildings. At least 79 people have been injured, 16 hospitalized.

“A big explosion roared, my ears popped and then sirens went off. In a minute, there was another blast, windows shattered, and a column of smoke rose, and there was fire,” a witness to the devastating Saturday morning accident told

A first explosion triggered two other blasts at the same facility and then fire. Five buildings were destroyed at the plant and 200 others were damaged throughout the city. People saw their windows shattered and ceiling coverings collapse.


More than 300 people and 50 technical units were involved in the response to the blast. It took firefighters several hours to extinguish the blaze that covered 800 square meters.

Authorities said that 38 employees of the plant and four local residents were injured in the accident. They were treated for burns and glass cuts. The plant’s administration confirmed that all five people working at the facility where the initial blast happened had been evacuated.
A criminal inquiry has been launched into the explosions, a breach of industrial safety rules is suspected as the most probable cause of the incident.



The facilities damaged in the blast are part of Russia's scientific and research institute ‘Kristall’. It specializes in scientific and technological support for work related to the production of explosive materials and devises its safety measures.

This is the third blast suffered by the TNT-maker over the past year. Last August, five workers were killed in an explosion at the site, and in April an explosion destroyed a one-story building but caused no injuries.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

The senator from Morena, Citlalli Hernández Mora, suffered an attack around 7:07 pm in her office when she opened a package in the form of a book she had received the day before.

Apparently, it was a gift in the form of a book that when she opened it, it started a fire that struck her face and burned several electronic devices that were on the desk.

At the close of this edition, Hernández Mora did not give any statement about the aggression of which she was a victim.

For his part, Ricardo Monreal, leader of the Board of Political Coordination of the Senate, said that the life of the senator is not in danger, since there were no serious injuries.

"She does not have injuries that put her life at risk," said Monreal, who asked for support from security elements.

At the scene of the events, personnel of the General Prosecutor's Office of the Republic arrived, experts in explosives along with two canine elements.

The first images were made known through Whats app messages, in which you can see the desk with gunpowder and a red book.

 
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