By Helene Fung
Iranian state television reported that two missiles have hit an oil tanker owned by Iran about 96km off Jeddah port in Saudi Arabia, causing an explosion, fire and a crude oil leak in the Red Sea.
The tanker sustained significant damage, including to two store rooms.
This incident came after the US alleging that Iran attacked oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz months ago – accusations to which the Iranian government denied.
This could further impact the already tense relationship between the US and Iran, just over a year after the US unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear deal, and US-imposed sanctions are crippling Iran’s economy.
The US alleged that Iran was behind the Strait of Hormuz oil tankers and shot down an American surveillance drone as retaliation.
Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who have been at war with Saudi Arabia, claimed credit for that assault.
However, analysts say the missiles used in the attack would not have the range to reach the sites from Yemen.