- Explosion in UAE’s Al Fujairah Port
- The incident occurred on Sunday morning (local time), May 12th
- Place: Al Fuajirah Port, United Arab Emirates
So far, the extent of the damage has not been officially announced. Some 4 commercial ships and then 7 other ships were listed and not much more detail has been offered.
The UAE is trying to keep that information under wraps for the moment and has even refrained from calling them oil tankers and has only utilized the word commercial ships to describe the vessels.
Why the Port of Al Fujairah?
As shown on the map and satellite photos, this port is the only port in the eastern part of the United Arab Emirates, located on the shores of the Sea of Oman. However, the main reason for why this port was targeted is because as of ten years ago, the UAE has been constructing a pipeline running from western ports to Fujairah, which is expected to export 90% of the UAE oil without the need for oil tankers to cross the Strait of Hormuz. The importance of this specific port is exactly because the UAE will end up, for the most part, not needing access through the Strait of Hormuz.
Which group is responsible for the explosion?
According to news reports, the blast has been carried out by Houthis in Yemen, which makes sense, for a number of reasons. First, the UAE is at war with the Houthis, and had any of them been arrested or deployed, they would have responded by claiming the attacks, and taking terrorist operation to the next phase of a military operation, although everyone around in the world knows by now, that the Houthis are being trained and supported by the Shi’a regime in Tehran.
The following day as well, the Houthis targeted the Saudi oil pipeline that go from east to west of the country, via drones. This then made international oil prices to increase. They targeted the dungeon and caused a rise in world oil prices. This pipeline too renders the need to cross the Strait of Hormuz obsolete.
How this operation was planned
Given the high security around this port, the presence of coalition forces near it, observing the movements on the coast of Iran, it is certain that it was not carried out from Iran’s southern coast of Iran, or a drone or rocket that would been fired from that area. No boat would have been able to handle this either.
This operation has been an intel organized operation and the only way it would have been carried out, is for divers to strap explosives to the ships from underwater, where after a bit of time the explosions would occur. The explosion occurred at midnight which gave the divers the cover of darkness and then enough time to get out of the danger zone. The divers’ oxygen tanks are also subject to time limits. Hence the area where the divers dove in, must have been at the closest possible point of return to the original location after the explosives were placed, before their rebreather tanks ran out, with plenty of time left to get out of the area, so that they are not identified. The only possible route is Omani land and coastal waters, which is the closest foreign location to the port of Al-Fujirah.
In other words, a team of Yemenis did not necessarily take off from Yemen; this team could have been working from months before to prepare for this operation, in the Oman area which borders with the UAE. They would have been trained by the Khomeiniist regime’s Qods Force; practicing and reviewing this scenario (attacking UAE and Saudi oil facilities) waiting for the best possible time to carry it out. And the most likely option is the use of Omani fishing boats.
The Brass tacks
The news of the explosion spread quickly, but news agencies were extremely wary of any real analysis, refusing to accept the risk. That this news was broken by Lebanon’s Al Mayadeen, a news agency close to Iran and Hezbollah, shows that the Khomeiniist regime was behind the attack that had a Yemenese Houthi façade.
What is clear, is that as the dispute between the Tehran and Washington intensify, exerting further pressure on the Islamic regime, we will see more and more of such events happening in the region. The Khomeiniist regime is a state that has rotted from within and in dire need of financial resources for its survival. However US oil sanctions and now the more recent sanctions have throttled the mullahs, hence taking futile and rash actions before its collapsing.