2 Saudi Arabia oil tankers 'sabotaged'

ABC News' Martha Raddatz reports on what the attack off the coast of the United Arab Emirates could mean for global oil supplies.
1:17 | 05/13/19

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First we begin with that attack overseas on Saudi ships and oil tankers. One about to head to the U.S. This comes in the wake of that warning about threats from Iran. Our chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz starts us off with the very latest. Good morning, Martha. Reporter: Good morning, robin. This comes at an extremely tense time in the region with the U.S. Warning just days ago that Iran or its proxies could be targeting maritime traffic in the oil rich persian gulf region. Although we do not know who carried out this morning's attack on these ships, we know four were sabotaged off the coast in the persian gulf and it caused significant structural damage to two Saudi oil tankers. One of the Saudi ships was on its way to pick up Saudi oil for delivery to the U.S. Last week the U.S. Urgently dispatched a carrier strike group, b-52 bombers and patriot missile battery to the region after it said there were unspecified threats to American forces in the region. Iran's news agency this morning saying the dispatch of the warships was to exaggerate the shadow of war and frighten the Iranian people, but this is a very dangerous development. Michael. All right, thank you, Martha. Increased tensions there.

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